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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Serve  \Serve\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Served};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Serving}.]  [OE.  serven,  servien,  OF  &  F.  servir,  fr  L. 
  servire;  akin  to  servus  a  servant  or  slave,  servare  to 
  protect,  preserve,  observe;  cf  Zend  har  to  protect,  haurva 
  protecting.  Cf  {Conserve},  {Desert}  merit,  {Dessert}, 
  {Observe},  {Serf},  {Sergeant}.] 
  1.  To  work  for  to  labor  in  behalf  of  to  exert  one's  self 
  continuously  or  statedly  for  the  benefit  of  to  do  service 
  for  to  be  in  the  employment  of  as  an  inferior,  domestic, 
  serf,  slave,  hired  assistant,  official  helper,  etc.; 
  specifically,  in  a  religious  sense  to  obey  and  worship. 
  God  is  my  witness,  whom  I  serve  with  my  spirit. 
  --Rom.  i.  9. 
  Jacob  loved  Rachel;  and  said  I  will  serve  thee 
  seven  years  for  Rachel  thy  younger  daughter.  --Gen. 
  xxix.  18. 
  No  man  can  serve  two  masters.  --Matt.  vi 
  Had  I  but  served  my  God  with  half  the  zeal  I  served 
  my  king,  he  would  not  in  mine  age  Have  left  me  naked 
  to  mine  enemies.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  be  subordinate  to  to  act  a  secondary  part  under  to 
  appear  as  the  inferior  of  to  minister  to 
  Bodies  bright  and  greater  should  not  serve  The  less 
  not  bright.  --Milton. 
  3.  To  be  suitor  to  to  profess  love  to  [Obs.] 
  To  serve  a  lady  in  his  beste  wise.  --Chaucer. 
  4.  To  wait  upon  to  supply  the  wants  of  to  attend; 
  specifically,  to  wait  upon  at  table;  to  attend  at  meals; 
  to  supply  with  food;  as  to  serve  customers  in  a  shop. 
  Others  pampered  in  their  shameless  pride,  Are 
  served  in  plate  and  in  their  chariots  ride. 
  5.  Hence  to  bring  forward,  arrange,  deal  or  distribute,  as 
  a  portion  of  anything  especially  of  food  prepared  for 
  eating;  --  often  with  up  formerly  with  in 
  Bid  them  cover  the  table,  serve  in  the  meat,  and  we 
  will  come  in  to  dinner.  --Shak. 
  Some  part  he  roasts,  then  serves  it  up  so  dressed. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Serve  \Serve\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  a  servant  or  a  slave;  to  be  employed  in  labor  or 
  other  business  for  another;  to  be  in  subjection  or 
  bondage;  to  render  menial  service. 
  The  Lord  shall  give  thee  rest  .  .  .  from  the  hard 
  bondage  wherein  thou  wast  made  to  serve.  --Isa.  xiv. 
  2.  To  perform  domestic  offices;  to  be  occupied  with  household 
  affairs;  to  prepare  and  dish  up  food,  etc 
  But  Martha  .  .  .  said  Lord,  dost  thou  not  care  that 
  my  sister  hath  left  me  to  serve  alone?  --Luke  x.  40. 
  3.  To  be  in  service;  to  do  duty;  to  discharge  the 
  requirements  of  an  office  or  employment.  Specifically,  to 
  act  in  the  public  service,  as  a  soldier,  seaman.  etc 
  Many  .  .  .  who  had  before  been  great  commanders,  but 
  now  served  as  private  gentlemen  without  pay 
  4.  To  be  of  use  to  answer  a  purpose;  to  suffice;  to  suit;  to 
  be  convenient  or  favorable. 
  This  little  brand  will  serve  to  light  your  fire. 
  As  occasion  serves,  this  noble  queen  And  prince 
  shall  follow  with  a  fresh  supply.  --Shak. 
  5.  (Tennis)  To  lead  off  in  delivering  the  ball. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  stroke  (in  tennis  or  badminton  or  squash)  that  puts  the 
  ball  in  play;  "his  powerful  serves  won  the  game"  [syn:  {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:  {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";  "They  served  as  medics 
  in  Vietnam" 
  3:  contribute  or  conduce  to  "The  scandal  served  to  increase 
  his  popularity" 
  4:  be  used  by  as  of  a  utility:  "The  sewage  plant  served  the 
  neighboring  communities";  "The  garage  served  to  shelter 
  his  horses"  [syn:  {service}] 
  5:  help  to  some  food;  help  with  food  or  drink;  "I  served  him 
  three  times,  and  after  that  he  helped  himself"  [syn:  {help}] 
  6:  provide  food;  "We  serve  meals  for  the  homeless";  "She  dished 
  out  the  soup  at  8  P.M."  [syn:  {serve  up},  {dish  out},  {dish 
  up},  {dish}] 
  7:  be  in  the  service  of  be  a  servant  of  as  of  people, 
  institutions,  or  ideas:  "She  served  the  art  of  music";  "He 
  served  the  church";  "Marie  served  her  mistress  faithfully 
  until  her  death" 
  8:  promote;  "Art  serves  commerce";  "Their  interests  are 
  served";  "The  lake  serves  recreation" 
  9:  spend  time  in  prison  or  in  a  labor  camp;  "He  did  six  years 
  for  embezzlement"  [syn:  {do}] 
  10:  to  act  as  an  attendant  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?"  [syn: 
  {attend  to},  {wait  on},  {attend},  {assist}] 
  11:  serve  somebody  with  a  warrant  or  summons;  "He  was  processed 
  by  the  sheriff"  [syn:  {process},  {swear  out}] 
  12:  mate  with  "male  animals  serve  the  females  for  breeding 
  purposes"  [syn:  {service}] 
  13:  put  the  ball  into  play;  as  in  games  like  tennis;  "It  was 
  Agassi's  turn  to  serve" 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    To  be  a  {server},  to  provide  a  {service}. 
  E.g.,  "The  {shttpd}  serves  requested  documents  to  clients  over 
  a  secure  link." 

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