Definition of “self-service” - English Dictionary

“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

(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 /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)