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Overview of noun serving

The noun serving has 2 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. helping, portion, serving

(an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal; "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each")

2. service, serving, service of process

(the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; "he accepted service of the subpoena")


Overview of verb serve

The verb serve has 15 senses? (first 11 from tagged texts)
1. (55) serve, function

(serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk")

2. (36) serve

(do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms")

3. (24) serve

(contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his popularity")

4. (23) service, serve

(be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses")

5. (21) serve, help

(help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself")

6. (20) serve, serve up, dish out, dish up, dish

(provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve meals for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."; "The entertainers served up a lively show")

7. (19) serve

(devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas; "She served the art of music"; "He served the church"; "serve the country")

8. (7) serve, serve well

(promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to; "Art serves commerce"; "Their interests are served"; "The lake serves recreation"; "The President's wisdom has served the country well")

9. (3) serve, do

(spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years for embezzlement")

10. (3) serve, attend to, wait on, attend, assist

(work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years")

11. (3) serve, process, swear out

(deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff")

12. suffice, do, answer, serve

(be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity; "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve")

13. serve

(do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never served, because they are short-sighted")

14. serve, service

(mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes")

15. serve

(put the ball into play; "It was Agassi's turn to serve")

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