a stroke (in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts the ball in play
- "his powerful serves won the game"
- serve [ sport ]
serve a purpose, role, or function; The table functions as a desk"
- "His freedom served him well"
- "This table would serve very well"
- "The female students served as a control group"
- "The tree stump serves as a table"
do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function: "He served as head of the department for three years"
- "They served as medics in Vietnam"
- "She served in Congress for two terms"
contribute or conduce to
- "The scandal served to increase his popularity"
help to some food; help with food or drink
- "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
- "We serve meals for the homeless"
- servera [ servering ]
be in the service of, be a servant of, as of people, institutions, or ideas: "She served the art of music"
- "Marie served her mistress faithfully until her death"
- "He served the church"
- "Art serves commerce"
- "The lake serves recreation"
- "Their interests are served"
spend time in prison or in a labor camp
- "He did six years for embezzlement"
to act as an attendant to
- "May I serve you?"
- "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
put the ball into play; as in games like tennis
- "It was Agassi's turn to serve"