Textual thesaurus for "serve"

(noun) service

(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

his powerful serves won the game

(verb) dish, dish out, dish up, serve up

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

(verb) help

help to some food; help with food or drink

I served him three times, and after that he helped himself

(verb) service

mate with

male animals serve the females for breeding purposes

(verb) process, swear out

deliver a warrant or summons to someone

He was processed by the sheriff

(verb) assist, attend, attend to, wait on

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

(verb) service

be used by; as of a utility

The sewage plant served the neighboring communities; The garage served to shelter his horses

(verb) suffice, do, answer

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

(verb) serve well

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

(verb) function

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

(verb) do

spend time in prison or in a labor camp

He did six years for embezzlement