service

noun (1)
ser·vice | \ ˈsər-vəs \

Definition of service 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the occupation or function of serving in active service

b : employment as a servant entered his service

2a : the work performed by one that serves good service

b : help, use, benefit glad to be of service

c : contribution to the welfare of others

d : disposal for use I'm entirely at your service

3a : a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony the burial service

b : a meeting for worship often used in plural held evening services

4 : the act of serving: such as

a : a helpful act did him a service

b : useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity usually used in plural charge for professional services

c : serve

5 : a set of articles for a particular use a silver tea service

6a : an administrative division (as of a government or business) the consular service

b : one of a nation's military forces (such as the army or navy)

7a : a facility supplying some public demand telephone service bus service

b : a facility providing maintenance and repair television service

8 : the materials (such as spun yarn, small lines, or canvas) used for serving a rope

9 : the act of bringing a legal writ, process, or summons to notice as prescribed by law

10 : the act of a male animal copulating with a female animal

11 : a branch of a hospital medical staff devoted to a particular specialty obstetrical service

service

verb
serviced; servicing

Definition of service (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to perform services for: such as

a : to repair or provide maintenance for serviced the furnace

b : to meet interest and sinking fund payments on service government debt

c : to perform any of the business functions auxiliary to production or distribution of

d of a male animal : serve sense 10

service

adjective

Definition of service (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : of or relating to the armed services

2 : used in serving or supplying delivery men use the service entrance

3 : intended for hard or everyday use

4a : providing services the service trades—from filling stations to universities —John Fischer

b : offering repair, maintenance, or incidental services

service

noun (2)
ser·vice | \ ˈsər-vəs \

Definition of service (Entry 4 of 5)

: an Old World tree (Sorbus domestica) resembling the related mountain ashes but having larger flowers and larger edible fruit also : a related Old World tree (S. torminalis) with bitter fruits

Service

biographical name
Ser·vice | \ ˈsər-vəs \

Definition of Service (Entry 5 of 5)

Robert William 1874–1958 Canadian writer

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Other words from service

Verb

servicer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for service

Synonyms: Adjective

martial, military

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmilitary

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Examples of service in a Sentence

Verb

I need to get my car serviced. The shop services sewing machines and old typewriters. The company was unable to service the loan. The bookstore primarily services people looking for out-of-print books.

Adjective

spent his time in the army as a correspondent for service newspapers
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First Known Use of service

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1528, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for service

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French servise, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, body of slaves, from servus slave

Noun (2)

Middle English serves, plural of serve fruit of the service tree, service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus service tree

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Time Traveler for service

The first known use of service was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for service

service

verb

English Language Learners Definition of service

: to do the work that is needed to keep (a machine or vehicle) in good condition

: to pay interest on (a loan or debt)

: to provide (someone) with something that is needed or wanted

service

noun
ser·vice | \ ˈsər-vəs \

Kids Definition of service

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : help entry 2 sense 1, use Can I be of service to you?

2 : a religious ceremony the Sunday service a funeral service

3 : the occupation or function of serving or working as a servant

4 : the work or action of helping customers This restaurant gives quick service.

5 : a helpful or useful act : good turn My neighbor did me a service by retrieving my dog.

6 : a set of dishes or silverware a silver tea service

7 : an organization that provides something to the public the postal service

8 : a nation's armed forces During the war, Dad was called into the service.

9 : an organization or business that supplies some public demand or provides maintenance and repair for something bus service television sales and service

service

verb
serviced; servicing

Kids Definition of service (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work on in order to maintain or repair It's time to have my vehicle serviced.

service

noun
ser·vice | \ ˈsər-vəs \

Medical Definition of service 

: a branch of a hospital medical staff devoted to a particular specialty pediatric service

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service

noun
ser·vice

Legal Definition of service 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of delivering to or informing someone of a writ, summons, or other notice as prescribed by law after service of process — see also notice by publication at notice, substituted service, summons

Note: Although service of process is primarily the means for a court to exert personal jurisdiction over a person, some form of service (as by publication of notice in a newspaper) is also usually required for exercise of in rem or quasi in rem jurisdiction.

2a : useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity usually used in pl. payment for services rendered

b : the maintenance or repair of tangible property machinery for the service and improvement of the residence

service

transitive verb
serviced; servicing

Legal Definition of service (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide services for: as

a : to meet interest and sinking fund payments on (debt) didn't have the cash flow to service a large loan

b : to collect payments and maintain a payment schedule for (a loan) especially after sale of the loan to a secondary mortgage market (as the Federal National Mortgage Association) — compare originate

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