subserve

verb
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

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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