[[t]ˈsɜr vɪs[/t]] n. adj. v. -iced, -ic•ing
1) an act of helpful activity; help; aid
2) the supplying or supplier of utilities, commodities, or other facilities that meet a public need, as water, electricity, communication, or transportation
3) the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance or repair:
guaranteed service and parts[/ex]
4) the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public:
a television repair service[/ex]
5) the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant
6) gov employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc
7) gov a department of public employment, or the body of public servants in it:
the diplomatic service[/ex]
8) gov the duty or work of public servants
9) mil
a) the armed forces:
in the service[/ex]
b) mil a branch of the armed forces
10) mil the actions required in loading and firing a cannon
11) Often, services. the performance of any duties or work for another:
medical services[/ex]
12) something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit
13) rel
Also called divine service public religious worship according to prescribed form and order.
14) rel a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion:
the marriage service[/ex]
15) rel the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc
16) mad a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy
17) a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use
19) law Law. the serving of a process or writ upon a person
20) spo (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
a) the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve
b) the ball or shuttlecock as put into play
21) zool. the mating of a female animal with the male
22) of service; useful
23) of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food
24) supplying services rather than products or goods:
the service professions[/ex]
25) supplying maintenance and repair:
a service center for electrical appliances[/ex]
26) of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces or one of them
27) providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service:
a service contract[/ex]
28) to make fit for use; repair or restore:
to service an automobile[/ex]
29) to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services
30) (of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal)
31) ban bus to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments
Etymology: bef. 1100; late OE serfise ceremony < OFservise, service< L servitium servitude, der. of serv(us) slave II
[[t]ˈsɜr vɪs[/t]] n.
pln a service tree, esp
Sorbus domestica[/ex]
Etymology: 1520–30; earlier serves, pl. of obs. serve service tree, ME; OE syrfe < VL *sorbea, der. of L sorbus sorb

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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