• (RP) IPA: /ˈsɜːvɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɝvɪs/


  1. An act#Noun|act of being of assistance to someone.
    I say I did him a service by ending our relationship – now he can freely pursue his career.
    • 1794, Robert Southey, Wat Tyler. A Dramatic Poem. In Three Acts, London: Printed [by J. M‘Creery] for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, […], published 1817, OCLC 362102 ↗, Act I, page 7 ↗:
      The Parliament for ever cries more money, / The service of the state demands more money. / Just heaven! of what service is the state?
  2. (economics) The practice of providing such a service as economic activity.
    Hair care is a service industry.
  3. A department in a company, an organization, a government department, etc.
  4. (computing) A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
    This machine provides the name service for the LAN.
  5. The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group
    Lancelot was at the service of King Arthur.
  6. The military.
    I did three years in the service before coming here.
  7. anchor silverwareA set of dishes or utensils.
    She brought out the silver tea service.
  8. (sports) 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.
  9. A religious rite or ritual.
    The funeral service was touching.
  10. (legal) The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
    • 1668 July 3, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548 ↗:
      He Suſpends on theſe Reaſons, that Thomas Rue had granted a general Diſcharge to Adam Muſhet, who was his Conjunct, and correus debendi, after the alleadged Service, which Diſcharged Muſhet, and conſequently Houstoun his Partner.
    The service happened yesterday.
  11. (Israel, West Bank, also in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria) A taxi shared among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities.
  12. A musical composition for use in churches.
  13. (obsolete) Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Pray, do my service to his majesty.
  14. (nautical) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., such as spun yarn and small lines.
  • (action or work that is produced and consumed) good
  • capital
  • German: Service
  • Russian: услу́га
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service (services, present participle servicing; past and past participle serviced)

  1. (transitive) To serve.
    They service the customer base.
  2. (transitive) To perform maintenance.
    He is going to service the car.
  3. (transitive, agriculture, euphemistic) To inseminate through sexual intercourse
  4. (transitive, vulgar) To perform a sexual act.
    He was going to service her.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: maintenir
  • German: warten
  • Portuguese: fazer (a) manutenção
  • Russian: обслу́живать

service (plural services)

  1. service tree

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