Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

subserve

play
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 and Etymology of subserve

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


First Known Use: 1661


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up subserve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!