• An act of being of assistance to someone.
  • The practice of providing such a service as economic activity.
  • A department in a company, an organization, a government department, etc.
  • A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
  • The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group
  • The military.
  • A set of dishes or utensils.
  • The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.
  • A religious rite or ritual.
  • The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
  • A taxi shared among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities.
  • A musical composition for use in churches.
  • Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
  • The materials used for serving a rope, etc., such as spun yarn and small lines.
  • Access to resources such as hotel rooms and web-based videos without transfer of the resources' ownership.
  • Service tree.



Opposite words


  • From Middle English servise, from Old French servise (French service), from the verb servir, from Latin servitium (compare Portuguese serviço, Italian servizio, Norman sèrvice, Spanish servicio), from servus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European ("guardian"), possibly from *ser-. Displaced native Old English þeġnung.
  • Properly, the tree that bears sorb fruit, from Middle English serves, plural of serve, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus. See sorb.

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