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


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



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


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


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


servicer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for service

Synonyms: Adjective

martial, military

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of service in a Sentence


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.


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


1528, in the meaning defined above


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

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English Language Learners Definition of service

: to do the work that is needed to keep (a machine or vehicle) in good condition
technical : to pay interest on (a loan or debt)
: to provide (someone) with something that is needed or wanted


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


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.


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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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


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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