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English definition of “serve”

serve

verb [I or T] (HELP ACHIEVE)    /sɜːv/ US  /sɝːv/
C1 to help achieve something or to be useful as something: The minister said she did not consider that a public enquiry would serve any useful purpose. The judge said that the fine would serve as a warning to other motorists who drove without due care. In the absence of anything better the settee would serve (= could be used) as a bed for a couple of nights. [+ to infinitive] Nothing serves to explain the violent fighting we have seen recently.old-fashioned My umbrella will serve for a weapon.Performing a functionFunctioning
(Definition of serve verb (HELP ACHIEVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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