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service

noun uk   /ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us    /ˈsɝː-/

service noun (PUBLIC NEED)

B1 [C] a system or organization that provides for a basic public need: the ambulance/health/postal/prison service B1 [C or U] the operation of a system: There isn't any railway service on Sundays. We hope to be operating a normal service as soon as possible. services [plural] UK a place at the side of a large road at which fuel, food, drink, and other things that people want on their journey are sold: We stopped at the services to get petrol.

service noun (DEALING WITH CUSTOMER)

B1 [U] the act of dealing with a customer in a shop, restaurant, or hotel by taking their order, showing or selling them goods, etc.: The only trouble with this café is that the service is so slow. B2 [U] an amount of money charged for serving a customer in a restaurant, often paid directly to the waiter: There is a ten percent service charge included in the bill.

service noun (WORK)

B2 [C] a government department that is responsible for a particular area of activity: the diplomatic service the security services C1 [C or U] the time you spend working for an organization: She was given the award for a lifetime of public service. services [plural] formal the particular skills that someone has and can offer to others: I may be needing the services of a surveyor soon, as I'm buying a house. in service in use: The battleship has been in service since 1965. be in service old-fashioned to be employed as a servant

service noun (ARMED FORCES)

B2 [C or U] (work in) the armed forces: He joined the air force in 1964 and spent ten years in the service. All men under 35 were told to report for military service. Service personnel are subject to the Official Secrets Act. the services B2 [plural] the army, navy, and/or air force: a career in the services on active service fighting in a war: He was the first member of his regiment to die while on active service.

service noun (RELIGIOUS CEREMONY)

[C] a formal religious ceremony: A memorial service is being held on Sunday for victims of the bomb explosion.

service noun (ON TABLE)

[C] a set of objects such as plates, cups, or other things that are used in providing and eating food: a 24-piece dinner service a tea service

service noun (REPAIR)

[C] mainly UK a check and repair of a vehicle or machine that is done after regular periods: She took the car in for a service yesterday.

service

verb [T] uk   /ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us    /ˈsɝː-/

service verb [T] (MACHINE)

to examine a machine and repair any damaged parts: I'm taking the car in to have it serviced this afternoon.

service verb [T] (DEBT)

to make payments to pay back a debt: The country is still spending $3 million a week servicing debt.
servicing
noun [U] uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
Bryce has taken the car in for servicing.
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