Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Polish translation of “serve”

See all translations

serve

verb
 
 
/sɜːv/
FOOD/DRINK [I, T] A2 to give someone food or drink, especially guests or customers in a restaurant or bar
obsługiwać, podawać
We're not allowed to serve alcohol to anyone under 18.Providing and serving mealsGiving, providing and supplying
SHOP [I, T] B1 to help customers and sell things to them in a shop
obsługiwać
Are you being served?Giving, providing and supplyingSelling
WORK [I, T] to do work that helps society, for example in an organization such as the army or the government
służyć, zasiadać
to serve in the army to serve on a committee/jury He served as mayor for 5 years.Jobs, careers and professionsWorking
BE USEFUL [I, T] to be useful as something
służyć
It's a very entertaining film but it also serves an educational purpose. The spare bedroom also serves as a study. [+ to do sth] He hopes his son's death will serve to warn others about the dangers of owning a gun.Performing a functionFunctioning
PRISON [T] to be in prison for a period of time
odbywać
Williams, 42, is serving a four-year jail sentence.Putting people in prison
SPORT [I] in a sport such as tennis, to throw the ball up into the air and then hit it towards the other player
serwować
Tennis and racket sports
serves one/two/four, etc If an amount of food serves a particular number, it is enough for that number of people.
porcja dla jednej/dwóch/czterech itp. osób
→  See also It serves her/him/you right! Meals and parts of meals
(Definition of serve verb from the Cambridge English-Polish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More translations of “serve” in Polish

Definitions of “serve” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More