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English definition of “serve”

serve

verb [I/T] (HELP ACHIEVE)   /sɜrv/
to help achieve something, or to be useful as something: [+ to infinitive] Tougher prison sentences, he said, will serve to deter crime. [I] The sofa can serve as (= be used as) a bed for a couple of nights.
(Definition of serve verb (HELP ACHIEVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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