sub·​serve | \ (ˌ)səb-ˈsərv How to pronounce subserve (audio) \
subserved; subserving; subserves

Definition of subserve

transitive verb

1 : to promote the welfare or purposes of
2 : to serve as an instrument or means in carrying out

Examples of subserve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These auditory and reward network pathways likely subserve the mind’s ability to form predictions and expectations during music listening. Grace Leslie, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2021 Specific networks of neurons in the brain subserve the formation of human beliefs; neurodegenerative disorders disrupt these networks, leading to distorted beliefs that often have no basis in observable reality. Serggio Lanata, Scientific American, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of subserve

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for subserve

Latin subservire to serve, be subservient, from sub- + servire to serve

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“Subserve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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