dis·​serve | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsərv How to pronounce disserve (audio) \
disserved; disserving; disserves

Definition of disserve

transitive verb

: to serve badly or falsely : harm

Examples of disserve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Concerns arise from the secrecy of arbitration clauses, which disserve the public interest by keeping both the harassment complaints and any settlements confidential. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana House kills legislation that was touted as preventing serial sexual harassment," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disserve

circa 1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Disserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disserve. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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