serve out

phrasal verb

served out; serving out; serves out
: to complete (a term in office, a prison sentence, etc.)
He was unable to serve out his five-year term as chairperson.
She was allowed to serve out her sentence in a prison close to home.

Examples of serve out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bangor Daily News reported last year that Eaton's parents had asked authorities in 2017 to release him to their custody to serve out his probation for a Maine crime. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 The Democrats would have to hold that Biden lacked the capacity to be the nominee while also needing him to serve out the remainder of his term. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 2 July 2024 Raducanu let a 5-2 lead slip in the final set but broke Pegula’s serve in the next game, before holding her nerve to serve out the match. Sam Joseph, CNN, 27 June 2024 Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Incumbent Rep. Celeste Maloy (R) won a special election by a large margin last fall to serve out the remainder of Stewart’s term. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for serve out 

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“Serve out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serve%20out. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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