Translation of "serve" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /sɜːv/ us /sɝːv/


A2 [ I or T ] to provide food or drinks

Do they serve meals in the bar? 這家酒吧有提供飯菜嗎?
Breakfast is served in the restaurant between 7.00 and 11.00. 餐廳早上七點到九點供應早餐。
We arrived at the hotel and were served with champagne and canapés. 我們到達旅館後,旅館提供了香檳和小餅乾。
All recipes in this book, unless otherwise stated, will serve (= be enough for) four to five people. 本書裡的所有食譜,除了特別標明的,都可供四至五人享用。
[ + obj + adj ] Serve the pie warm with ice cream or whipped cream. 趁熱上果餡糕點,配上卡士達醬或鮮奶油。

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serve verb (WORK)

C1 [ I or T ] to work for; to do your duty to

He served in the army for 22 years. 他在印度服了20年兵役。
She has served on the committee for the last 15 years. 15年來,她一直在該委員會任職。
He served under Ronald Reagan as Secretary of State. 他在哈羅德‧威爾遜手下當交通部長。

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serve verb (HELP ACHIEVE)

C1 [ I or T ] to help achieve something or to be useful as something

An official investigation would not serve any useful purpose. 部長說,她認爲公開調查不會達到任何有益的成效。
The judge said that the fine would serve as a warning to other drivers. 法官說此次罰款對其他疏忽駕駛的司機會是一種警告。
In the absence of anything better the settee could serve as a bed for a couple of nights. 如果沒有更好的選擇,長沙發可以當幾天床用。
[ + to infinitive ] Nothing serves to explain the violent fighting we have seen recently. 甚麼都無法解釋我們最近所目睹的暴力毆鬥。
old-fashioned My umbrella will serve for a weapon. 我的傘可以當武器用。

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[ T ] to provide with something that is needed

The report says the police are out of touch with the communities that they serve. 這份報告指出,倫敦的醫院對它們所服務的社區毫無瞭解。

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B1 [ T ] in a shop, restaurant, or hotel, to deal with a customer by taking their order, showing or selling them goods, etc.

UK Are you being served, madam? 女士,有服務員招待您嗎?
US Have you been served, ma'am?
That's the restaurant where they refused to serve John because he was so rude. 就是那家餐館拒絕招待賈爾斯,因爲他太粗魯。

serve verb (SPEND TIME)

C2 [ T ] to spend a period of time doing something

He served four years in prison for robbery. 他因搶劫坐了四年牢。
After he'd served his apprenticeship he set up his own business. 他學徒期滿後在海外找到了工作。
serve time

to spend time in prison

He's serving time for drug offences. 他因毒品犯罪正在服刑。

serve verb (HIT BALL)

[ I or T ] 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? 輪到誰發球了?
That's the third ace you've served this game. 那是你在這局比賽中第三次發球得分。

serve verb (GIVE DOCUMENT)

[ T ] specialized law to give a legal document to someone, demanding that they go to a law court or that they obey an order

Less than two weeks ago Gough finally served a writ on Slater, claiming damages for alleged loss of royalties. 不到兩個星期以前,高夫終於將傳票送達給斯萊特,要求對其所涉及的版稅損失作出賠償。
Each person served with a summons will be given six weeks before they have to appear in the Magistrates' Court. 每一個收到傳票的人都將在六個星期後在地方法院出庭。

servenoun [ C ]

uk /sɜːv/ us /sɝːv/ also service

in sports such as tennis, the act of hitting the ball to the other player to start play

It's your serve. 該你發球了。
Murray broke Federer's serve (= he won a game in which Federer hit the ball first).

(Translation of “serve” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)