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noun ser·vice \ˈsər-vəs\

Definition of service

  1. 1a :  the occupation or function of serving <in active service>b :  employment as a servant <entered his service>

  2. 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 othersd :  disposal for use <I'm entirely at your service>

  3. 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. 4 :  the act of serving: asa :  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. 5 :  a set of articles for a particular use <a silver tea service>

  6. 6a :  an administrative division (as of a government or business) <the consular service>b :  one of a nation's military forces (as the army or navy)

  7. 7a :  a facility supplying some public demand <telephone service> <bus service>b :  a facility providing maintenance and repair <television service>

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

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

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

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

Origin and Etymology of service

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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service

transitive verb ser·vice

Definition of service

serviced

servicing

  1. :  to perform services for: asa :  to repair or provide maintenance for <serviced the furnace>b :  to meet interest and sinking fund payments on (as government debt)c :  to perform any of the business functions auxiliary to production or distribution ofd of a male animal :  serve 10

servicer

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Examples of service in a sentence

  1. I need to get my car serviced.

  2. The shop services sewing machines and old typewriters.

  3. The company was unable to service the loan.

  4. The bookstore primarily services people looking for out-of-print books.

1528

First Known Use of service

1528


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service

adjective ser·vice

Definition of service

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the armed services

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

  3. 3 :  intended for hard or everyday use

  4. 4a :  providing services <the service trades—from filling stations to universities — John Fischer>b :  offering repair, maintenance, or incidental services

Examples of service in a sentence

  1. <spent his time in the army as a correspondent for service newspapers>

1837

First Known Use of service

1837


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noun ser·vice \ˈsər-vəs\

Definition of service

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of service

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


First Known Use: 1530


Service

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biographical name Ser·vice \ˈsər-vəs\

Definition of Service

  1. Robert William 1874–1958 Canad. writer



SERVICE Defined for English Language Learners


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transitive verb ser·vice

Definition of service for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun ser·vice \ˈsər-vəs\

Definition of service for Students

  1. 1 :  2help 1, use <Can I be of service to you?>

  2. 2 :  a religious ceremony <the Sunday service> <a funeral service>

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

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

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

  6. 6 :  a set of dishes or silverware <a silver tea service>

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

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

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

  10. 10 :  2serve


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verb ser·vice

Definition of service for Students

serviced

servicing

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


Medical Dictionary

service

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noun ser·vice \ˈsər-vəs\

Medical Definition of service

  1. :  a branch of a hospital medical staff devoted to a particular specialty <pediatric service>


Law Dictionary

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noun ser·vice

Legal Definition of service

  1. 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 Editor's 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.

  2. 2a :  useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity —usually used in plural <payment for services rendered> b :  the maintenance or repair of tangible property <machinery for the service and improvement of the residence>


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transitive verb ser·vice

Legal Definition of service

serviced

servicing

  1. :  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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