Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Spanish translation of “serve”

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More translations of “serve” in Spanish

Definitions of “serve” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More