Translation of "serve" - English-French dictionary


verbserve /sɜrv/
transitive to give sb food or drink

the waiter who served us in the restaurant
le serveur qui sert dans ce restaurant

Could you serve the drinks to the guests?
Pourriez-vous servir les boissons aux clients ?
transitive-intransitive to do a job or duty for a person, organization, etc.
servir , exercer , être membre de

He served in the Senate for eighteen years.
Il a été membre du Sénat pendant dix-huit ans.

She currently serves as vice president of technology.
Elle exerce actuellement comme vice-présidente à la technologie.

soldiers serving their country
des soldats servant leur pays
intransitive to have a result or effect
servir à

a video game that only serves to teach young people about violence
un jeu vidéo qui ne sert qu'à apprendre la violence aux jeunes
transitive to help achieve or provide
servir , être utile à , être d'un usage

The old dock serves no purpose anymore.
L'ancien dock n'est plus d'aucun usage.

a community center that serves the needs of the town
un centre communautaire qui sert les besoins de la ville
transitive to spend time in prison
purger une peine

to serve a life sentence
purger une peine de prison à perpétuité

He served 22 years.
Il a fait 22 ans de prison.
transitive-intransitive to hit a ball to start playing tennis

Who's turn is it to serve?
C'est à qui le tour de servir ?

to serve the ball
faire le service
it serves sb right
indicates you think what happened to sb was sth they deserved
c'est bien fait pour qqn , ça apprendra à qqn à

"The teacher kept me inside at lunch." "It serves you right for lying."
"Le professeur m'a gardé (à l'intérieur) à l'heure du déjeuner." "Ça t'apprendra à mentir."

serve as

verb phrasalserve as [ ˈsɜrv ˌæz ]
to have another purpose from the original one
servir de , faire office de

The garage serves as a recording studio.
Le garage sert / fait office de studio d'enregistrement.

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


verb /səːv/

to work for a person etc eg as a servant

He served his master for forty years.

to distribute food etc or supply goods

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

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).

serving noun

a portion of food served

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

She served out the pudding.
serve up

to start serving (a meal)

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)