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Meaning of “service” in the English Dictionary

"service" in British English

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servicenoun

uk   /ˈsɜː.vɪs/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
  • service noun (PUBLIC NEED)

B1 [C] a ​governmentsystem or ​privateorganization that is ​responsible for a ​particulartype of ​activity, or for ​providing a ​particular thing that ​people need: the ​postal serviceUS the National Park ServiceUK the National Health ServiceUK the ​ambulance/​prison service I've ​worked in ​publichealth services ​throughout my ​career.B1 [C or U] the ​fact that a ​system is ​working: There is a very ​limitedbus service on Sundays. We ​hope to be operating a ​normal service as ​soon as ​possible.services [plural] UK a ​place at the ​side of a ​largeroad at which ​fuel, ​food, ​drink, and other things that ​peoplewant on ​theirjourney are ​sold: We ​stopped at the services to get ​fuel.

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  • service noun (DEALING WITH CUSTOMER)

B1 [U] the ​act of ​dealing with ​customers in a ​shop, ​restaurant, or ​hotel by taking ​theirorders, ​showing or ​selling them ​goods, etc.: The only ​trouble with this ​café is that the service is so ​slow. You should ​leave a ​generoustip to ​reward good service.B2 [U] an ​amount of ​moneycharged for ​serving a ​customer in a ​restaurant, often ​paiddirectly to the waiter: There is a ten ​percent service chargeincluded in the ​bill.

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  • service noun (WORK)

C1 [C or U] work that someone does or ​time that someone ​spendsworking for an ​organization: These ​teenagers all do community service in ​theirfreetime. She was given the ​award for a ​lifetime of public service. her service on a ​jury [C] a ​business that ​offers a ​particulartype of ​help or ​work: Why don't you ​call the babysitting service? a laundry/​ironing serviceB2 [C] a ​governmentdepartment that is ​responsible for a ​particulararea of ​activity: the ​diplomatic service the ​security servicesservices [plural] formal the ​particularskills that someone has and can ​offer to ​others: I may be ​needing the services of a ​surveyorsoon, as I'm ​buying a ​house.in service in use: The ​battleship has been in service since 1965.be in service UK old-fashioned to be ​employed as a ​servant: Her ​mother was in service.
  • service noun (ARMED FORCES)

B2 [C or U] (​work in) the ​armedforces: He ​joined the ​airforce in 1964 and ​spent ten ​years in the service. All men under 35 were told to ​report for military service. Service ​personnel are ​subject to the Official Secrets Act.the services B2 [plural] the ​army, ​navy, and/or ​airforce: a ​career in the serviceson active service fighting in a ​war: He was the first ​member of his ​regiment to ​die while on ​active service.

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  • service noun (RELIGIOUS CEREMONY)

[C] a ​formalreligiousceremony: A memorial service is being held on ​Sunday for ​victims of the ​explosion.

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  • service noun (IN SPORTS)

in ​sports such as ​tennis, the ​act of ​hitting the ​ball to the other ​player to ​startplay: She has a very ​fast service.
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  • service noun (ON TABLE)

[C] a set of ​objects such as ​plates, ​cups, or other things that are used in ​providing and ​eatingfood: a 24-piece ​dinner service a ​tea service

serviceverb [T]

uk   /ˈsɜː.vɪs/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
  • service verb [T] (DEBT)

to make ​payments to ​pay back a ​debt: The ​country is still ​spending $3 million a ​week servicing ​debt.
servicing
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
Bryce has taken the ​car in for servicing.
(Definition of service from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"service" in American English

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servicenoun

 us   /ˈsɜr·vɪs/
  • service noun (HELP)

[U] the ​helpprovided to a ​customer by someone who ​works in esp. a ​restaurant or ​store: The service in this ​restaurant is ​terrible – I’ve been ​waiting fifteen ​minutes.
  • service noun (WORK)

work done or ​helpprovided, esp. for the ​public or for a ​person or an ​organization: [U] She was given the ​award for a ​lifetime of ​public service. [U] The ​airplane had been in service (= used) for fifteen ​years. [pl] You should have the services of a ​lawyer.
  • service noun (SYSTEM)

[C/U] a ​system, ​organization, or ​business that ​provides for a ​public need, or the ​operation of such a ​system: [C] the ​diplomatic/​postal service [C] medical/​social services [U] There is ​bus service to Newark Airport every twenty ​minutes. [C/U] A service is a ​business that ​provides something for ​people but does not ​producegoods: [U] My ​brotherruns a ​car service (= ​business that ​rentscars with ​drivers). [C/U] The service is the ​armedforces: [U] He ​spent ten ​years in the service.
  • service noun (RELIGIOUS CEREMONY)

[C] a ​formalreligiousceremony
  • service noun (EMPLOYMENT)

[U] work done for ​others, such as ​cleaning or ​repairing, ​caring for a ​building, or making ​deliveries: This ​building has five service employees ​including the ​super. [U] A service ​entrance is an ​entrance to a ​building that is used for ​deliveries.
  • service noun (BALL HIT)

[U] the ​act of ​hitting a ​ball to put it in ​play in ​tennis and some other ​sports

serviceverb [T]

 us   /ˈsɜr·vəs/
  • service verb [T] (REPAIR)

to ​examine a ​machine and ​repair any ​parts that are not ​working: I’m taking the ​car in to have it serviced this ​afternoon.
(Definition of service from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"service" in Business English

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servicenoun

uk   us   /ˈsɜːvɪs/
[C or U] COMMERCE businessactivity that involves doing things for ​customers rather than ​producinggoods, or a ​singleact of doing something for a ​customer: The ​bank was the first to ​offer24-hourtelephonebanking service. We haven't actively ​promoted the ​email service because we have to be sure we can ​meetdemand. These days there are service ​jobs that no one ever dreamed about in the 1950s. GDP is a ​measure of an economy's ​output of goods and services. The ​goal is to ​increasecustomerloyalty by ​providingcustomized products and services.offer/provide a service Career ​consultantsoffer numerous services, ​includingrésumé polishing.service for sb/sth We ​provide an ​internet service for ​lawyers.
[C] GOVERNMENT a ​system or ​organization that ​provides something important that the ​publicneeds: the ambulance/​health/​postal, etc. service The ​planners have to ​investigate what ​local services are ​availableincludingtransport, ​housing, and schooling for ​employees' children.
[C] GOVERNMENT a ​governmentdepartment that is ​responsible for a particular ​area or ​activity: The ​immigration service has ​won an important victory in the ​courts.
[C or U] TRANSPORT a ​system of buses, ​trains, ​aircraft, etc. that ​travel between particular ​places: Passenger ​trafficregistered a ​sharprise thanks to the ​opening of a new ​ferry service from Liverpool to Dublin. The 18:43 service to Liverpool has been ​cancelled. Commercial air service is ​ready to ​resume today.
[U] COMMERCE the way that ​employees of a ​business, ​store, etc. ​deal with ​customers, especially how quickly and ​effectively they do this: level/quality/standard of service We constantly ​seek to ​improve the ​quality of service we give to our ​customers. good/excellent/​poor serviceprovide/give service They have ​provided excellent service in ​handling problem ​cases.get/receive service It seems like you never get good service in ​restaurants these days.
services [plural] formal the particular ​skills that someone can ​offer to others: You need the services of a ​lawyer.offer your services (as sth) He has ​offered his services as a ​mediator in the ​dispute. Until fairly recently the Law Society frowned upon ​solicitorsadvertising their services in any way.
[C or U] HR the ​time an ​employeespendsworking for an ​organization, or the ​work they do: British ​labourlaw gives ​employeesrightsdependent upon their length of service.15/40, etc. years (of) service The ​amount of the ​severancepayment is ​based on his 25 ​years service with the ​group. Under Germany's ​constitution, the ​unions and ​employers' ​federations have the ​exclusiveright to ​negotiatewages and conditions of service.
[C] UK a ​check and ​repair of a ​vehicle or ​machine that is done at ​regularperiods: I'm taking my ​car in for a service.
be of service (to sb) formal to ​help someone: Hello, how can I be of service?
in service being used: If we ​find a ​technology that will ​work, it could be in service by 2012.

serviceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsɜːvɪs/
FINANCE to make ​regularpayments to ​pay back a ​debt or ​loan, ​includinginterest: As ​growthslowed and ​pricesfell, borrowers were unable to service their ​debts. The country is still ​spending $3 million a week servicing ​debt, twice what it ​spends on ​healthcare.
FINANCE to ​collect and ​keeprecords of ​payments from a ​person or ​organization that has ​borrowedmoney: We service about 350,000 ​mortgage loans.
to ​examine a ​machine and ​repair any ​damagedparts: I'm taking the ​car in to have it serviced. The 10-year ​contract involves servicing 11 ​gasturbines on three deep-water ​platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
COMMERCE to ​provide a service to someone: service an ​industry/​market We hope to ​achieve greater ​efficiency and be better able to service ​customers.
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serviceadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈsɜːvɪs/
used only by ​people who ​work in a ​building or are ​deliveringgoods there, not by the ​generalpublic: a service ​elevator/​entrance
(Definition of service from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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