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Translation of "serve" - English-German dictionary


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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