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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) (area)work in vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (job, role)serve as vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Juan sirve para los negocios.
 John works in business.
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (realizar tareas domésticas a sueldo)serve 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]
  (formal)wait upon, wait on vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (colloquial, UK)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.
 Anne serves an English couple.
servir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (aprovechar)be useful viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  work viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  (formal)serve 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 is useful for wrapping the package.
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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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 loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (ser de utilidad)do some good exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  be of use exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
servir de base loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (dar cobertura)serve as a base viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  provide a basis vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
servir de ejemplo loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (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."
 El tirano dijo que la decapitación del rebelde serviría de ejemplo a sus seguidores.
 The tyrant proclaimed that the beheading of the rebel would serve as an example to his followers.
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 loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (inspirar a alguien)be an inspiration v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
servir de revulsivo loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (provocar reacción) (medical)serve as a counterirritant viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  serve as a lesson viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
servir en bandeja de plata,
servir en charola de plata
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
coloquial (facilitar algo) (figurative)serve [sth] on a silver platter v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  hand [sth] to [sb] on a silver platter v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 No luchó por su éxito, le fue servido en bandeja de plata.
servir la mesa loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (poner platos, comida)lay the table, set the table v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Sirve la mesa para sentarnos a comer.
servir para can be used to
  serve something
servir una copa loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (poner una copa)serve a drink vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
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