Translation of "serve" - English-German dictionary


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

This upturned bucket will serve as a seat.

to perform duties, eg as a member of the armed forces

He served (his country) as a soldier for twenty years
I served on the committee for five years.

to undergo (a prison sentence)

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

das Servierbesteck
salad servers.

a person who serves (a ball).

der Aufschläger
serving noun

a portion of food served

die Portion
I had two servings of pie.
it serves you etc right

you etc deserve your misfortune etc

das geschieht dir, etc. recht
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.

in die Lehre gehen
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–German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)