verb (used without object), served, serv·ing.
verb (used with object), served, serv·ing.
- to make legal delivery of (a process or writ).
- to present (a person) with a writ.
Origin of serve
Synonyms for serve
Examples from the Web for well-served
Contemporary Examples of well-served
If we just focused on academic aptitude, he suggests, the professors would be well-served.The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
Hagel and Obama would both be well-served to bear in mind that this isn't how democracies are supposed to operate.Did Chuck Hagel Cave?
January 16, 2013
Surely, my own home state of New York would be well-served by the creation of such a group.Why Corruption Grows in Our States
Richard J. Tofel
May 24, 2010
Historical Examples of well-served
Instead of well-served meals, a cup of milk set here or there!Ladies-In-Waiting
Kate Douglas Wiggin
We often sleep in the open air, and we have not a well-served table every day.The Temptation of St. Antony
The table is simple and homelike, but abundant, well-served and satisfactory.The Lake of the Sky
George Wharton James
The meal was well-served and plentiful, but they bad small appetite for it.The Lord of Dynevor
Turenne, it is true, was very inferior in cavalry to Condé, but he had a powerful and well-served artillery.Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)
Word Origin for serve
late 12c., "to render habitual obedience to," also "minister, give aid, give help," from Old French servir "to do duty toward, show devotion to; set table, serve at table; offer, provide with," from Latin servire "be a servant, be in service, be enslaved;" figuratively "be devoted; be governed by; comply with; conform; flatter," originally "be a slave," related to servus "slave," perhaps from Etruscan (cf. Etruscan proper names Servi, Serve, Latinized as Servius).
By c.1200 also as "to be in the service of, perform a service for; attend upon, be personal servant to; be a slave; owe allegiance to; officiate at Mass or other religious rites;" from early 13c. as "set food at table;" mid-14c. as "to wait on (customers)." From late 14c. as "treat (someone or something) in some fashion." To serve (someone) right "to treat as he deserves" is recorded from 1580s.
He no schuld neuer wond
To seruen him fro fot to hond
["Amis and Amiloun," c.1330]
Sense of "be useful, be beneficial, be suitable for a purpose or function" is from early 14c.; that of "take the place or meet the needs of, be equal to the task" is from late 14c.; that of "suffice" is from mid-15c. Meaning "render active military service" is from 1510s. Sporting sense, in tennis, badminton, etc., first recorded 1580s. Legal sense "present" (a writ, warrant,etc.), "give legal notice of" is from early 15c.
1680s, in sports (tennis, etc.), from serve (v.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with serve
- serve a purpose
- serve one right
- serve time
- serve up
- break someone's serve
- first come, first served
- hand to on a silver platter (serve up on a plate)