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

transitive verb

: to serve badly or falsely : harm

Example Sentences

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, 26 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disserve was circa 1629

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“Disserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disserve. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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