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"self-service" in British English

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self-serviceadjective

uk   /ˌselfˈsɜː.vɪs/ us   /ˌselfˈsɝː.vɪs/
B1 especially in a shop or restaurant, not being served by an employee but collecting goods or food yourself: a self-service salad bar self-service petrol pumps
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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 gas station/cafeteria
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"self-service" in Business English

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self-serviceadjective

uk   /ˌselfˈsɜːvɪs/ us   COMMERCE
used to describe a store, restaurant, etc. where you are not served by an employee, but collect goods or food yourself: a self-service store/station/gas station To keep costs 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 collect goods 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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