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1. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] serve a purpose, role, or function.

Synonyms

  • answer
  • prelude
  • act as
  • do
  • function
  • service

Antonyms

  • winterize
  • summerize
  • disassemble
  • disorganise

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

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Rhymes with Serve

  • hors-d-oeuvre
  • unnerve
  • swerve
  • zurve
  • verve
  • nerve
  • mirv
  • merv
  • herve
  • d'oeuvre
  • curve
  • oeuvre
  • irve
  • irv

Sentences with serve


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Australian pubs often serve this dish with sauteed onions and bacon.

2. Verb, base form
They are ready to serve.

Quotes about serve


1. Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: 'Does my life have meaning and purpose?' 'Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?' 'Whom and what shall I serve?' 'Whom and what can I trust?' 'How can I rise above my fears?'
- Parker Palmer

2. A good mother remembers to serve fruit at breakfast, is always cheerful and never yells, manages not to project her own neuroses and inadequacies onto her children, is an active and beloved community volunteer. She remembers to make play dates, her children's clothes fit, she does art projects with them and enjoys all their games.
- Ayelet Waldman

3. I trust that when people meet, we meet for a transcendent reason, and that the challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul's growth.
- Marianne Williamson

2. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function.

Synonyms

  • do work
  • represent
  • staff
  • caddy
  • act
  • officiate
  • work
  • sit
  • function
  • rotate

Antonyms

  • hardware
  • nonfunctional
  • functional
  • uselessness

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

3. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] contribute or conduce to.

Synonyms

  • facilitate
  • effectuate
  • effect
  • serve well
  • set up

Antonyms

  • prevent
  • perfection
  • absolve
  • merit

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

4. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] provide (usually but not necessarily food).

Synonyms

  • cater
  • supply
  • dish up
  • provide
  • dish out
  • dish
  • plank
  • ply
  • serve up

Antonyms

  • dissatisfy
  • discontent
  • displease
  • differ

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

5. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] be used by; as of a utility.

Synonyms

  • operate
  • work
  • go
  • function
  • service

Antonyms

  • uncover
  • disjoin
  • refresh
  • neglect

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

6. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas.

Synonyms

  • attend to
  • attend
  • work
  • assist

Antonyms

  • miss
  • inferior
  • forbid
  • criminalize

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

7. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] help to some food; help with food or drink.

Synonyms

  • cater
  • supply
  • dish up
  • provide
  • dish out
  • dish
  • ply
  • serve up

Antonyms

  • behave
  • refrain
  • activity
  • inactivity

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

8. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to.

Synonyms

  • nurture
  • serve well

Antonyms

  • irresponsibility
  • irresponsibleness
  • disarrange

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

9. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] deliver a warrant or summons to someone.

Synonyms

  • deliver
  • rinse
  • process
  • subpoena
  • wash

Antonyms

  • arise
  • nonworker
  • disservice
  • worsen

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)

10. serve

verb. ['ˈsɝːv'] work for or be a servant to.

Synonyms

  • help
  • aid
  • valet
  • fag
  • attend to
  • attend
  • assist

Antonyms

  • recall
  • freeze
  • demand
  • man

Etymology

  • serven (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • servir (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • servir (French)
  • servire (Latin)
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