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.

(Translation of “serve” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)