serv·​ing | \ ˈsər-viŋ How to pronounce serving (audio) \

Definition of serving

: a helping of food or drink

Examples of serving in a Sentence

This is my third serving of mashed potatoes. According to the package, one serving size is 6 ounces.

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Cost per recipe: $0.97 Cost per serving: $0.97 Makes: 1 serving Ingredients: 1 whole grain tortilla ($0.37) 1 banana ($0.45) 2 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter ($0.15) Directions: On a tortilla, spread peanut butter. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 The benefit was even greater—a 40% reduction—for participants who took fish oil and ate fewer than 1.5 servings of fish a week. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Fish Oil: Hunting for Evidence to Tip the Scales," 2 Jan. 2019 One small study divided its 25 participants into two groups—people who eat spicy foods regularly and those who do not, and then gave each group a typical serving (about one gram) of hot peppers with lunch. Abby Langer, SELF, "5 Diet Tips You Should Ignore, According to a Registered Dietitian," 6 Sep. 2018 One serving of this recipe has more than 20 grams of protein and less than 250 calories. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018 In its first year, the USDA's FINI program generated almost $8 million in SNAP and incentive purchases of fruits and vegetables - more than 16 million additional servings of fresh produce for SNAP households. Jane Black And Leah Douglas,, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Image By the end of the day, a stiff drink seemed more appropriate than another serving of strawberries and cream. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 Today, in fact, the country has the 12th largest instant noodle market in the world, with 1.76 billion servings of the starchy stuff sold here each year. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade," 9 July 2018 When women maintained a healthy diet, exercised for 150 minutes or more per week, and drank between one and seven servings of alcohol per week, their kids’ risk of being obese was 23% lower. Melissa Healy,, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of serving

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of serving was in 1864

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English Language Learners Definition of serving

: an amount of food or drink that is enough for one person


serv·​ing | \ ˈsər-viŋ\

Kids Definition of serving

: a helping of food He ate two servings of rice.

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