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service

noun     /ˈsɜːvɪs/
[C or U] COMMERCE business activity that involves doing things for customers rather than producing goods, or a single act of doing something for a customer: The bank was the first to offer 24-hour telephone banking service. We haven't actively promoted the email service because we have to be sure we can meet demand. These days there are service jobs that no one ever dreamed about in the 1950s. GDP is a measure of an economy's output of goods and services. The goal is to increase customer loyalty by providing customized products and services.offer/provide a service Career consultants offer numerous services, including résumé polishing.service for sb/sth We provide an internet service for lawyers.
[C] GOVERNMENT a system or organization that provides something important that the public needs: the ambulance/health/postal, etc. service The planners have to investigate what local services are available including transport, housing, and schooling for employees' children.
[C] GOVERNMENT a government department that is responsible for a particular area or activity: The immigration service has won an important victory in the courts.
[C or U] TRANSPORT a system of buses, trains, aircraft, etc. that travel between particular places: Passenger traffic registered a sharp rise thanks to the opening of a new ferry service from Liverpool to Dublin. The 18:43 service to Liverpool has been cancelled. Commercial air service is ready to resume today.
[U] COMMERCE the way that employees of a business, store, etc. deal with customers, especially how quickly and effectively they do this: level/quality/standard of service We constantly seek to improve the quality of service we give to our customers. good/excellent/poor serviceprovide/give service They have provided excellent service in handling problem cases.get/receive service It seems like you never get good service in restaurants these days.
services [plural] formal the particular skills that someone can offer to others: You need the services of a lawyer.offer your services (as sth) He has offered his services as a mediator in the dispute. Until fairly recently the Law Society frowned upon solicitors advertising their services in any way.
[C or U] HR the time an employee spends working for an organization, or the work they do: British labour law gives employees rights dependent upon their length of service.15/40, etc. years (of) service The amount of the severance payment is based on his 25 years service with the group. Under Germany's constitution, the unions and employers' federations have the exclusive right to negotiate wages and conditions of service.
[C] UK a check and repair of a vehicle or machine that is done at regular periods: I'm taking my car in for a service.
be of service (to sb) formal to help someone: Hello, how can I be of service?
in service being used: If we find a technology that will work, it could be in service by 2012.
→ See also customer service, debt service, financial services, legal services, marketing services, public service
(Definition of service noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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