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subserve

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transitive verb sub·serve \(ˌ)səb-ˈsərv\

Definition of subserve

  1. 1 :  to promote the welfare or purposes of

  2. 2 :  to serve as an instrument or means in carrying out



Origin of subserve

Latin subservire to serve, be subservient, from sub- + servire to serve


First Known Use: 1661


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