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  • (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
    • his powerful serves won the game
  • put the ball into play
    • It was Agassi's turn to serve
  • mate with
    • male animals serve the females for breeding purposes
  • do military service
    • She served in Vietnam
    • My sons never served, because they are short-sighted
  • 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
  • deliver a warrant or summons to someone
    • He was processed by the sheriff
  • 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
  • spend time in prison or in a labor camp
    • He did six years for embezzlement
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • help to some food; help with food or drink
    • I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
  • be used by; as of a utility
    • The sewage plant served the neighboring communities
    • The garage served to shelter his horses
  • contribute or conduce to
    • The scandal served to increase his popularity
  • 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
  • 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
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