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Translation of "serve" - English-Spanish dictionary

serve

verb   /sɜːv/ ( present participle serving, past tense and past participle served)
A2 to give someone food or drink, especially in a restaurant or bar servir (comida o bebida) Are you still serving?
B1 to help customers and sell things to them in a shop atender Are you being served?
to do work that helps society servir to serve in the army
serve as something
to be useful as something servir de algo The spare bedroom also serves as a study.
to be in prison for a period of time cumplir (una sentencia)
(Definition of serve from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

serve

verb /səːv/
to work for a person etc, eg as a servant servir He served his master for forty years.
to distribute food etc or supply goods servir 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, prestar servicio He served (his country) as a soldier for twenty years I served on the committee for five years.
to undergo (a prison sentence) cumplir 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 sacar He served the ball into the net Is it your turn to serve?
server noun
(usually in plural) a utensil used in serving food cubierto de servir salad servers.
a person who serves (a ball). camarero, mesero
serving noun
a portion of food served porción, ración I had two servings of pie.
it serves you etc right
you etc deserve your misfortune etc tenerlo bien merecido 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. hacer el aprendizaje
serve out phrasal verb
to distribute to each of a number of people servir She served out the pudding.
serve up phrasal verb
to start serving (a meal) servir, ofrecer Please could you lay the table – I’m about to serve up.
(Definition of serve from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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