Definition of SERVE

to be a servant for <he served his master faithfully for 20 years>
Synonyms slave (for), work (for)
Related Words attend, minister (to), tend (to)
Phrases dance attendance (upon), wait on (also wait upon)
to be enough <they made the pasta serve for eight guests>
Synonyms do, suffice
to be fitting or proper <those old riding boots will serve for now, but you'll need newer ones for the horse show>
Synonyms befit, beseem [archaic], fit [archaic], go, serve, suit
Related Words satisfy, suffice; function, work
to behave toward in a stated way <my parents served me well in preparing me for life>
Synonyms act (toward), be (to), deal (with), handle, serve, use
Related Words consider, esteem, rate, reckon, regard, view; engage (with), react (to), respond (to)
to have a certain purpose <the harsh punishment served to teach everyone a lesson>
Synonyms act, perform, serve, work
to provide with something useful or desirable <an excellent college that served her with the skills necessary to make it in today's job market>

Seen & Heard

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

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More