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service

noun  us   /ˈsɜr·vɪs/

service noun (HELP)

[U] the help provided to a customer by someone who works in esp. a restaurant or store: The service in this restaurant is terrible – I’ve been waiting fifteen minutes.

service noun (WORK)

work done or help provided, esp. for the public or for a person or an organization: [U] She was given the award for a lifetime of public service. [U] The airplane had been in service (= used) for fifteen years. [pl] You should have the services of a lawyer.

service noun (SYSTEM)

[C/U] a system, organization, or business that provides for a public need, or the operation of such a system: [C] the diplomatic/postal service [C] medical/social services [U] There is bus service to Newark Airport every twenty minutes. [C/U] A service is a business that provides something for people but does not produce goods: [U] My brother runs a car service (= business that rents cars with drivers). [C/U] The service is the armed forces: [U] He spent ten years in the service.

service noun (RELIGIOUS CEREMONY)

service noun (EMPLOYMENT)

[U] work done for others, such as cleaning or repairing, caring for a building, or making deliveries: This building has five service employees including the super. [U] A service entrance is an entrance to a building that is used for deliveries.

service noun (BALL HIT)

[U] the act of hitting a ball to put it in play in tennis and some other sports

service

verb [T]  us   /ˈsɜr·vəs/

service verb [T] (REPAIR)

to examine a machine and repair any parts that are not working: I’m taking the car in to have it serviced this afternoon.
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