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

transitive verb

: to serve badly or falsely : harm

Examples of disserve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What Minow is saying is that even shareholders are disserved by buybacks. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 7 Mar. 2023 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

Time Traveler
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 23 May. 2024.

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