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English definition of “serve”

serve

verb [T] (GIVE DOCUMENT)    /sɜːv/ US  /sɝːv/ specialized
to give a legal document to someone, demanding that they go to a law court or that they obey an order: Less than two weeks ago Gough finally served a writ on Slater, claiming damages for alleged loss of royalties. Each person served with a summons will be given six weeks before they have to appear in the Magistrates' Court.Taking legal action
(Definition of serve verb (GIVE DOCUMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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