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Meaning of serve

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful
           serves won the game" [syn: {serve}, {service}]
      v 1: serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves
           as a table"; "The female students served as a control
           group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom
           served him well"; "The table functions as a desk" [syn:
           {serve}, {function}]
      2: do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He
         served as head of the department for three years"; "She
         served in Congress for two terms"
      3: contribute or conduce to; "The scandal served to increase his
      4: be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the
         neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his
         horses" [syn: {service}, {serve}]
      5: help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him
         three times, and after that he helped himself" [syn: {serve},
      6: provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve meals
         for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."; "The
         entertainers served up a lively show" [syn: {serve}, {serve
         up}, {dish out}, {dish up}, {dish}]
      7: devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries,
         institutions, or ideas; "She served the art of music"; "He
         served the church"; "serve the country"
      8: promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to; "Art serves
         commerce"; "Their interests are served"; "The lake serves
         recreation"; "The President's wisdom has served the country
         well" [syn: {serve}, {serve well}]
      9: spend time in prison or in a labor camp; "He did six years
         for embezzlement" [syn: {serve}, {do}]
      10: work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She
          attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on
          our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The
          minister served the King for many years" [syn: {serve},
          {attend to}, {wait on}, {attend}, {assist}]
      11: deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed
          by the sheriff" [syn: {serve}, {process}, {swear out}]
      12: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity;
          "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose
          well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get
          me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve" [syn:
          {suffice}, {do}, {answer}, {serve}]
      13: do military service; "She served in Vietnam"; "My sons never
          served, because they are short-sighted"
      14: mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding
          purposes" [syn: {serve}, {service}]
      15: put the ball into play; "It was Agassi's turn to serve"

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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