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serve (n):
(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
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his powerful serves won the game
serve (v):
put the ball into play
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It was Agassi's turn to serve
serve (v):
do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
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He served as head of the department for three years.
She served in Congress for two terms
serve (v):
provide (usually but not necessarily food)
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We serve meals for the homeless.
She dished out the soup at 8 P.M..
The entertainers served up a lively show

Related Word: dish
serve (v):
help to some food; help with food or drink
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I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
Related Words: help
serve (v):
mate with
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male animals serve the females for breeding purposes
Related Word: service
serve (v):
deliver a warrant or summons to someone
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He was processed by the sheriff
Related Word: process
serve (v):
do military service
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She served in Vietnam.
My sons never served, because they are short-sighted
serve (v):
work for or be a servant to
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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

Related Words: assistattend
serve (v):
be used by; as of a utility
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The sewage plant served the neighboring communities.
The garage served to shelter his horses

Related Word: service
serve (v):
devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
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She served the art of music.
He served the church.
serve the country
serve (v):
be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
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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

Related Word: suffice
serve (v):
contribute or conduce to
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The scandal served to increase his popularity
serve (v):
promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to
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Art serves commerce.
Their interests are served.
The lake serves recreation.
The President's wisdom has served the country well
serve (v):
serve a purpose, role, or function
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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

Related Word: function
serve (v):
spend time in prison or in a labor camp
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He did six years for embezzlement
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Where there's a will there's a way

Çıkmayan candan ümit kesilmez.
When a person really wants to do something, he will find a way of doing it.


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