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English definition of “serve”

serve

verb [I or T] (HIT BALL)    /sɜːv/ US  /sɝːv/
in sports such as tennis, to hit the ball to the other player as a way of starting the game: Whose turn is it to serve? That's the third ace you've served this game.Tennis and racket sports
(Definition of serve verb (HIT BALL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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