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English definition of “serve”


verb     /sɜːv/
[T] to provide people or a place with products or services or something that is needed : serve customers / clients There is a new 24-hour bus that serves the airport .
[I or T] to help achieve something or to be useful as something: serve to do sth The new procedures serve to stop economic growth . The phone application needs to serve a purpose .
[T] COMMERCE in a shop , restaurant , or hotel , to deal with a customer by taking their order , showing or selling them goods , etc.: She spends all day on the shop floor serving customers . Are you being served?
[I or T] to provide food or drinks : He was served dinner in his room . Breakfast is served between 7 and 9.
[I or T] to spend time doing a job , training for a job , or having a responsibility : serve as sth He became a city commissioner and went on to serve as mayor . After serving an apprenticeship with his father , he received a scholarship to study in Italy.
[T] LAW to give a legal document to someone, demanding that they go to a court of law or that they obey an order : The pension trustees served a writ last Friday in New York.serve sb with sth She was served with a summons to court .
(Definition of serve verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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