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serve

verb /səːv/
to work for a person etc eg as a servant
servieren
He served his master for forty years.
to distribute food etc or supply goods
dienen
She served the soup to the guests Which shop assistant served you (with these goods)?
to be suitable for a purpose
dienen
This upturned bucket will serve as a seat.
to perform duties, eg as a member of the armed forces
dienen
He served (his country) as a soldier for twenty years I served on the committee for five years.
to undergo (a prison sentence)
absitzen
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
aufschlagen
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
austeilen
She served out the pudding.
serve up to start serving (a meal)
auftischen
Please could you lay the table – I’m about to serve up.
(Definition of serve from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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