sports A stroke that puts the ball in play:
— His powerful serves won the game.
Dutch: opslaan, opslag, service
Polish: serw, serwis, zagrywka
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.
Roget 749: be subject etc. adj.; be at the mercy of, lie at the mercy of; depend upon, lean upon, hang upon; fall a prey to, fall under; play second fiddle. be a mere machine, be a puppet, ... show more
Roget 722: arm; raise troops, mobilize troops; raise up in arms; take up the cudgels etc. 720; take up arms, fly to arms, appeal to arms, fly to the sword; draw the sword, unsheathe the sword; dig up the hatchet, ... show more
Dutch: dienen, figureren, functioneren, fungeren
Do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function.
Contribute or conduce to.
Be used by; as of a utility:
— The sewage plant served the neighboring communities.
— The garage served to shelter his horses.
Roget 625: pass one's time in, employ one's time in, spend one's time in; employ oneself in, employ oneself upon; occupy oneself with, concern oneself with; make it one's business etc. n.; undertake etc. 676; ... show more
Help to some food; help with food or drink:
— I served him three times, and after that he helped himself.
Provide (usually but not necessarily food):
— We serve meals for the homeless.
— The entertainers served up a lively show.
Dutch: dienen, dissen, opdienen, opdissen, opdoen, serveren, voorschotelen, voorzetten
Devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas.
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.
synonym: serve well.
Spend time in prison or in a labor camp.
Work for or be a servant to:
— May I serve you?.
— The minister served the King for many years.
Dutch: opdienen, serveren
Be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity:
— Nothing else will serve.
Dutch: volstaan, [[het]] [[ermee]] [[doen]]
Do military service.
— Male animals serve the females for breeding purposes.
Put the ball into play.
Moby thesaurus: accommodate, accord, act, act as, act for, administer, administer to, advance, advantage, afford, allot, allow, answer, answer for, assist, attend, attend on, attend to, avail, award ... show more.
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