WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
serv•ice1 /ˈsɜrvɪs/USA pronunciation
n., adj., v., -iced, -ic•ing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- the performance of duties, or the duties performed, as by a servant:[uncountable]The restaurant has terrible food and even worse service.
- (an act of) helpful activity;
aid: [countable]to do someone a service.[uncountable]Let me know if I can be of service.
- the supplying or supplier of utilities or goods for a public need, such as water, electricity, etc.:[uncountable]improved bus service.
- the providing or a provider of care required by the public, such as repair: [uncountable]had to bring the air conditioner in for service at least three times.[countable]a television repair service.
- Government employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, etc.:[uncountable]a long term of service with the insurance company.
- Government a department of public employment, or the body of public servants in it:[countable]the diplomatic service.
- Militarythe armed forces: [uncountable]He was in the service during the war.[countable]Which one of the services were you in?
- Often, services. [plural] the performance of any duties or work for another:medical services.
- something made or done by a commercial organization for the public and without regard to profit:[countable]Those pamphlets on energy are published as a public service by a paint manufacturer.
- Religion a form of public religious worship according to a certain form and order:[countable]Sunday morning services.
- a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for use:[countable]a lunch service for two.
v. [~ + object]
- of service;
- of or relating to servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food:a service elevator.
- supplying services rather than products or goods:the service professions.
- supplying or providing maintenance and repair:a service center for appliances.
- to make fit for use:to service an automobile.
- to supply with aid, information, or other services.
n., adj., v., -iced, -ic•ing. n.
- an act of helpful activity;
aid:to do someone a service.
- the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.
- the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.:The manufacturer guarantees service and parts.
- the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public:a television repair service.
- the supplying or a supplier of public communication and transportation:telephone service; bus service.
- the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant;
occupation or employment as a waiter or servant.
- Governmentemployment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc.
- Governmenta department of public employment, an administrative division of a government, or the body of public servants in it:the diplomatic service.
- Governmentthe duty or work of public servants.
- Governmentthe serving of a sovereign, state, or government in some official capacity.
- the armed forces:in the service.
- Militarya branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy:Which service were you in during the war?
- Military[Ordn.]the actions required in loading and firing a cannon:service of the piece.
- Often, services. the performance of any duties or work for another;
helpful or professional activity:medical services.
- something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit:Certain books are published at a loss as a public service.
- ReligionAlso called divine service. public religious worship according to prescribed form and order.
- Religiona ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion:the marriage service.
- Religionthe serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.:voluntary service.
- Music and Dancea musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.
- a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use:a tea service; service for eight.
- See answering service.
- Lawthe serving of a process or writ upon a person.
- Nautical, Naval Termstarred spun yarn or other small stuff for covering the exterior of a rope.
- Sport(in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
- the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play;
- the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
- Zoologythe mating of a female animal with the male.
- at someone's service, ready to be of help or use to someone;
at one's disposal:You will have an English-speaking guide at your service.
- be of service, to be helpful or useful:If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.
- of service;
- of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food:service stairs; the service pieces in a set of dishes.
- supplying aids or services rather than products or goods:Medicine is one of the service professions.
- supplying maintenance and repair:He operates a service center for electrical appliances.
- of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces of a country or one of them:a service academy.
- charged for providing service:a service fee of 15 percent on the restaurant check.
- providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service:a service industry; a service contract.
- to make fit for use;
restore to condition for service:to service an automobile.
- to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.
- (of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal).
- Banking, Business[Finance.]to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments.
- Old French servise, variant of service
- Latin servitium servitude, equivalent. to serv(us) slave + -itium -ice; replacing Middle English servise, late Old English serfise ceremony
- Old French
- Middle English (noun, nominal) bef. 1100
- Plant Biologya service tree, esp. Sorbus domestica.
- Plant Biologythe shadbush.
(sûr′vis),USA pronunciation n.
BiographicalRobert W(illiam), 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.
- Vulgar Latin *sorbea, derivative of Latin sorbus sorb1
- 1520–30; earlier serves, plural of obsolete serve service tree; Middle English; Old English syrfe
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service /ˈsɜːvɪs/ n
- an act of help or assistance
- an organized system of labour and material aids used to supply the needs of the public: telephone service, bus service
- the supply, installation, or maintenance of goods carried out by a dealer
- the state of availability for use by the public (esp in the phrases into or out of service)
- a periodic overhaul made on a car, machine, etc
- the act or manner of serving guests, customers, etc, in a shop, hotel, restaurant, etc
- a department of public employment and its employees: civil service
- employment in or performance of work for another: he has been in the service of our firm for ten years
- one of the branches of the armed forces
- (as modifier): service life
- the state, position, or duties of a domestic servant (esp in the phrase in service)
- the act or manner of serving food
- a complete set of dishes, cups, etc, for use at table
- public worship carried out according to certain prescribed forms: divine service
- the prescribed form according to which a specific kind of religious ceremony is to be carried out: the burial service
- the act, manner, or right of serving a ball
- the game in which a particular player serves: he has lost his service
- the serving of a writ, summons, etc, upon a person
- (of male animals) the act of mating
- (modifier) of, relating to, or for the use of servants or employees
- (modifier) serving the public rather than producing goods
See also servicesEtymology: 12th Century servise, from Old French, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, from servus a slave
- to provide service or services
- to make fit for use
- to supply with assistance
- to overhaul (a car, machine, etc)
- (of a male animal) to mate with (a female)
- Brit to meet interest and capital payments on (debt)
Service /'sɜːvɪs/ n
- Robert (William). 1874–1958, Canadian poet, born in England; noted for his ballad-like poems of gold-rush era Yukon, such as 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew'; his books include Songs of a Sourdough (1907)
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