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"self-service" in British English

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self-serviceadjective

uk   /ˌselfˈsɜː.vɪs/  us   /-ˈsɝː-/
B1 especially in a ​shop or ​restaurant, not being ​served by an ​employee but ​collectinggoods or ​food yourself: a self-service ​saladbar self-service ​petrolpumps
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(Definition of self-service from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"self-service" in American English

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self-serviceadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈselfˈsɜr·vɪs/
(of a ​business or ​machine) ​operated without employees to ​help you, so that you take ​items for yourself and then ​pay someone for whatever you have taken: a self-service ​gasstation/​cafeteria
(Definition of self-service from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"self-service" in Business English

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self-serviceadjective

uk   us   /ˌselfˈsɜːvɪs/ COMMERCE
used to describe a ​store, ​restaurant, etc. where you are not ​served by an ​employee, but ​collectgoods or ​food yourself: a self-service ​store/​station/​gasstation To ​keepcosts down, the ​cafeteria is self-service. a self-service ​counter/​kiosk/till self-service ​banking

self-servicenoun [U]

uk   us   COMMERCE
a ​system in which ​customers are not ​served by an ​employee, but ​collectgoods or ​food themselves: The new ​store will also ​feature the U-Scan ​checkouts for speedy self-service.
(Definition of self-service from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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