serve translate English to French: Cambridge Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Translation of "serve" - English-French dictionary

serve

verb /səːv/
to work for a person etc eg as a servant servir He served his master for forty years.
to distribute food etc or supply goods servir She served the soup to the guests Which shop assistant served you (with these goods)?
to be suitable for a purpose servir (de) This upturned bucket will serve as a seat.
to perform duties, eg as a member of the armed forces servir; être membre de He served (his country) as a soldier for twenty years I served on the committee for five years.
to undergo (a prison sentence) purger (une peine) He served (a sentence of) six years for armed robbery.
in tennis and similar games, to start the play by throwing up the ball etc and hitting it servir He served the ball into the net Is it your turn to serve?
server noun
(usually in plural) a utensil used in serving food couvert à servir salad servers.
a person who serves (a ball). serveur/-euse
serving noun
a portion of food served portion I had two servings of pie.
it serves you etc right
you etc deserve your misfortune etc c’est bien fait pour He has done no work so it will serve him right if he fails his exam.
serve an apprenticeship
to spend a (fixed) period of time as an apprentice. faire son apprentissage
serve out
to distribute to each of a number of people servir She served out the pudding.
serve up
to start serving (a meal) servir Please could you lay the table – I’m about to serve up.
(Definition of serve from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More translations of “serve” in French

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More