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service

Noun

1 work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services"
2 a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
3 the act of public worship following prescribed rules; "the Sunday service" [syn: religious service, divine service]
4 an act of help or assistance; "he did them a service" [ant: disservice]
5 employment in or work for another; "he retired after 30 years of service"
6 a force that is a branch of the armed forces [syn: military service, armed service]
7 the performance of duties by a waiter or servant; "that restaurant has excellent service"
8 periodic maintenance on a car or machine; "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor" [syn: overhaul, inspection and repair]
9 tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table [syn: table service]
10 (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game" [syn: serve]
11 the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; "he accepted service of the subpoena" [syn: serving, service of process]
12 Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958) [syn: Robert William Service]
13 a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it" [syn: avail, help]
14 the act of mating by male animals; "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees" [syn: servicing]
15 (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him

Verb

1 be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses" [syn: serve]
2 make fit for use; "service my truck"; "the washing machine needs to be serviced"
3 mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes" [syn: serve]

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Pronunciation

  • a RP /ˈsɜːvɪs/, /"s3:vIs/
  • a GenAm /ˈsɝvɪs/, /"s3`vIs/

Etymology

  • sense noun From servise (French: lang=fr).
  • sense verb from the noun

Noun

  1. Action or work that is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed.
    Hair care is a service industry.
  2. A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
    This machine provides the name service for the LAN.
  3. The military.
    I did three years in the service before coming here.
  4. A set of dishes or utensils.
    She brought out the silver tea service.
  5. The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.
    The player had four service faults in the set.
  6. A religious rite or ritual.
    The funeral service was touching.
  7. The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
    The service happened yesterday.
  8. (public service) that which is provided by the government or its agents
    The Job Centre provides a service to the unemployed.
  9. Doing something for someone else without thought of reward or payment.

Antonyms

Translations

in sports
  • Czech: podání
work performed
maintenance

Verb

  1. to serve
    They service the customer base.
  2. to perform maintenance
    He is going to service the car.

Translations

to serve
  • Portuguese: servir
  • Spanish: servir
to perform maintenance

French

Etymology

From servitium, from servus.

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

Service can refer to:
In technology:

People with the surname Service

surname Service
service in German: Dienst
service in German: Service
service in Dutch: Service
service in Japanese: サービス (曖昧さ回避)
service in Simple English: Service (disambiguation)
service in Chinese: 服务

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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