services

 /ˈsɜːvɪsɪz/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
serv•ice1 /ˈsɜrvɪs/USA pronunciation   n., adj., v.,  -iced, -ic•ing. 
n. 
  1. the performance of duties, or the duties performed, as by a servant:[uncountable]The restaurant has terrible food and even worse service.
  2. (an act of) helpful activity;
    aid: [countable]to do someone a service.[uncountable]Let me know if I can be of service.
  3. the supplying or supplier of utilities or goods for a public need, such as water, electricity, etc.:[uncountable]improved bus service.
  4. 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.
  5. Government employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, etc.:[uncountable]a long term of service with the insurance company.
  6. Government a department of public employment, or the body of public servants in it:[countable]the diplomatic service.
  7. Militarythe armed forces: [uncountable]He was in the service during the war.[countable]Which one of the services were you in?
  8. Often,  services. [plural] the performance of any duties or work for another:medical services.
  9. 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.
  10. Religion a form of public religious worship according to a certain form and order:[countable]Sunday morning services.
  11. a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for use:[countable]a lunch service for two.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of service;
    useful.
  2. of or relating to servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food:a service elevator.
  3. supplying services rather than products or goods:the service professions.
  4. supplying or providing maintenance and repair:a service center for appliances.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make fit for use:to service an automobile.
  2. to supply with aid, information, or other services.
See -serv-1.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
serv•ice1  (sûrvis),USA pronunciation  n., adj., v.,  -iced, -ic•ing. 
n. 
  1. an act of helpful activity;
    help;
    aid:to do someone a service.
  2. the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.
  3. the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.:The manufacturer guarantees service and parts.
  4. the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public:a television repair service.
  5. the supplying or a supplier of public communication and transportation:telephone service; bus service.
  6. the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant;
    occupation or employment as a waiter or servant.
  7. Governmentemployment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc.
  8. Governmenta department of public employment, an administrative division of a government, or the body of public servants in it:the diplomatic service.
  9. Governmentthe duty or work of public servants.
  10. Governmentthe serving of a sovereign, state, or government in some official capacity.
  11. Military
    • 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?
  12. Military[Ordn.]the actions required in loading and firing a cannon:service of the piece.
  13. Often,  services. the performance of any duties or work for another;
    helpful or professional activity:medical services.
  14. 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.
  15. ReligionAlso called  divine service. public religious worship according to prescribed form and order.
  16. Religiona ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion:the marriage service.
  17. Religionthe serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.:voluntary service.
  18. Music and Dancea musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.
  19. a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use:a tea service; service for eight.
  20. See  answering service. 
  21. Lawthe serving of a process or writ upon a person.
  22. Nautical, Naval Termstarred spun yarn or other small stuff for covering the exterior of a rope.
  23. Sport(in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
    • the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play;
      serve.
    • the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
  24. Zoologythe mating of a female animal with the male.
  25. 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.
  26. be of service, to be helpful or useful:If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.

adj. 
  1. of service;
    useful.
  2. of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food:service stairs; the service pieces in a set of dishes.
  3. supplying aids or services rather than products or goods:Medicine is one of the service professions.
  4. supplying maintenance and repair:He operates a service center for electrical appliances.
  5. of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces of a country or one of them:a service academy.
  6. charged for providing service:a service fee of 15 percent on the restaurant check.
  7. providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service:a service industry; a service contract.

v.t. 
  1. to make fit for use;
    repair;
    restore to condition for service:to service an automobile.
  2. to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.
  3. (of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal).
  4. 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

serv•ice2  (sûrvis),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Plant Biologya service tree, esp. Sorbus domestica.
  2. Plant Biologythe shadbush.
  • Vulgar Latin *sorbea, derivative of Latin sorbus sorb1
  • 1520–30; earlier serves, plural of obsolete serve service tree; Middle English; Old English syrfe

Ser•vice  (sûrvis),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalRobert W(illiam), 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    services /ˈsɜːvɪsɪz/ pl n
    1. work performed for remuneration
    2. the servicesthe armed forces
    3. (sometimes singular) commodities, such as banking, that are mainly intangible and usually consumed concurrently with their production
    4. a system of providing the public with gas, water, etc



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