Meaning of “community service” in the English Dictionary

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"community service" in British English

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community servicenoun [ U ]

uk /kəˌmjuː.nə.ti ˈsɜː.vɪs/ us /kəˌmjuː.nə.t̬i ˈsɝː.vɪs/

Examples from literature

  • It needs some ceremony that shall fix the lessons of patriotism, of social responsibility and of community service, and stir to noble purpose. 
  • It will mean to the well-to-do wife freedom to do community service. 
  • What forms of community service can be done by children and by young people? 

(Definition of “community service” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"community service" in American English

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community servicenoun [ U ]

us /kəˈmju·nɪ·t̬i ˈsɜr·vɪs/

work that people do without payment to help other people, and which people may sometimes be ordered to do as punishment for crimes that are not too serious:

The judge ordered him to pay a fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

(Definition of “community service” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)