: permitting or offering self-service
self-serve gas
a self-serve farm stand
These hotels are surprisingly good—with fresh beds, flat-panel TVs, self-serve breakfast buffets and free wireless broadband.Rich Kalgaard

Examples of self-serve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area, a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline costs just under the state average: $5.13. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024 Panera removed the Charged Lemonade drinks from self-serve fountains in January and from its menu on May 7. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 22 May 2024 The drinks, once available for self-serve, were moved behind the counter in January 2024 following the lawsuit allegations. Francisco Velasquez, Quartz, 7 May 2024 Following the multiple legal complaints, Panera removed the self-serve fountains in some locations. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 The ship provides a self-serve buffet on the Lido deck, which is a clothes-free area. Miami Herald Archive, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 And while the self-serve buffet on the pool deck is a clothes-free area, passengers must be dressed for all dining room meals – and no, bathrobes don't count. Li Cohen, CBS News, 2 May 2024 Rather than self-serve soft drinks or salty snacks, the bodega contains an artisan wine club with bottles featuring crisp, funky labels, $10 miso potato chip chocolate bars, a $24 bottle of olive oil, various colorful incense, sage and crystals. Morgan Fischer, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2024 Customers can redeem the free coffee at any location's self-serve coffee bar, which will feature 1960s decor. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-serve was in 1910

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“Self-serve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-serve. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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