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English definition of “serve”

serve

verb [T] (SPEND TIME)   /sɜrv/
to spend a period of time in a job or activity: He served three terms in the senate.
(Definition of serve verb (SPEND TIME) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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