WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014:

Principal Translations
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (tener un fin determinado)be used for viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Las tijeras sirven para cortar.
 Scissors are used for cutting things.
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (estar capacitado)serve as vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Juan sirve para los negocios.
 John serves as in business.
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (realizar tareas domésticas a sueldo)wait upon vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S]
  serve vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (colloquial)do for vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  be in the service of v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Ana está sirviendo para un matrimonio inglés.
 Anna is waiting upon an English marriage.
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (aprovechar)use viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 El periódico me sirve para forrar el paquete.
 The newspaper used me to cover the load.
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (ser soldado en activo)serve viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Juan está sirviendo en el ejército.
 John is serving in the army.
servir vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (repartir la comida)  (food)serve vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Mi madre sirvió la sopa.
 My mother served the soup.
servir vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (suministrar)serve vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El supermercado sirve a domicilio.
 The supermarket serves homes.
servirse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (echarse comida o bebida)help yourself to v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  serve yourself vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  serve yourself with v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Juan se sirvió la ensalada.
 John helped himself to some salad.
servirse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (valerse de algo)make use of v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  use vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Me serví de un destornillador para abrir la lata.
 I made use of a screwdriver to open the can.
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms:
puede servir para it might be useful for
  we may be able to use it for
  he may be able to, she may be able to
servir de algo be of any use
  be any use
servir de base serve as a base
servir de ejemplo loc nom (lección)serve as an example exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  be an example exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
servir de excusa loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (utilizar)serve as an excuse, use as an excuse exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
servir de inspiración provide inspiration
servir de revulsivo serve as an incentive, serve as a stimulus, serve as an inducement
  serve as a lesson
servir para can be used to
  serve something
servir una copa serve a drink
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