Synonyms for serve

Synonyms for (noun) serve

Synonyms: serve, service

Definition: (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

Usage: his powerful serves won the game

Similar words: tennis shot, tennis stroke

Definition: the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket

Synonyms for (verb) serve

Synonyms: serve

Definition: put the ball into play

Usage: It was Agassi's turn to serve

Similar words: go, move

Definition: have a turn; make one's move in a game

Usage: Can I go now?


Synonyms: serve

Definition: do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

Usage: He served as head of the department for three years; She served in Congress for two terms

Similar words: do work, work

Definition: be employed

Usage: Is your husband working again?; My wife never worked; Do you want to work after the age of 60?; She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money; She works as a waitress to put herself through college


Synonyms: dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up

Definition: provide (usually but not necessarily food)

Usage: We serve meals for the homeless; She dished out the soup at 8 P.M.; The entertainers served up a lively show

Similar words: cater, supply, provide, ply

Definition: give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

Usage: The hostess provided lunch for all the guests


Synonyms: serve, help

Definition: help to some food; help with food or drink

Usage: I served him three times, and after that he helped himself

Similar words: cater, supply, provide, ply

Definition: give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

Usage: The hostess provided lunch for all the guests


Synonyms: serve, service

Definition: mate with

Usage: male animals serve the females for breeding purposes

Similar words: copulate, couple, pair, mate

Definition: engage in sexual intercourse

Usage: Birds mate in the Spring


Synonyms: process, serve, swear out

Definition: deliver a warrant or summons to someone

Usage: He was processed by the sheriff

Similar words: deliver

Definition: bring to a destination, make a delivery

Usage: our local super market delivers


Synonyms: serve

Definition: do military service

Usage: She served in Vietnam; My sons never served, because they are short-sighted

Similar words: do work, work

Definition: be employed

Usage: Is your husband working again?; My wife never worked; Do you want to work after the age of 60?; She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money; She works as a waitress to put herself through college


Synonyms: assist, attend, attend to, wait on, serve

Definition: work for or be a servant to

Usage: May I serve you?; She attends the old lady in the wheelchair; Can you wait on our table, please?; Is a salesperson assisting you?; The minister served the King for many years

Similar words: assist, aid, help

Definition: give help or assistance; be of service

Usage: Everyone helped out during the earthquake; Can you help me carry this table?; She never helps around the house


Synonyms: serve, service

Definition: be used by; as of a utility

Usage: The sewage plant served the neighboring communities; The garage served to shelter his horses

Similar words: operate, run, work, go, function

Definition: perform as expected when applied

Usage: The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in; Does this old car still run well?; This old radio doesn't work anymore


Synonyms: serve

Definition: devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas

Usage: She served the art of music; He served the church; serve the country

Similar words: work

Definition: exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

Usage: I will work hard to improve my grades; she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor


Synonyms: suffice, do, answer, serve

Definition: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

Usage: A few words would answer; This car suits my purpose well; Will $100 do?; A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school; Nothing else will serve

Similar words: fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy

Definition: meet the requirements or expectations of


Synonyms: serve

Definition: contribute or conduce to

Usage: The scandal served to increase his popularity

Similar words: set up, effect, effectuate

Definition: produce

Usage: The scientists set up a shock wave


Synonyms: serve, serve well

Definition: promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to

Usage: Art serves commerce; Their interests are served; The lake serves recreation; The President's wisdom has served the country well

Similar words: foster, nurture

Definition: help develop, help grow

Usage: nurture his talents


Synonyms: serve, function

Definition: serve a purpose, role, or function

Usage: The tree stump serves as a table; The female students served as a control group; This table would serve very well; His freedom served him well; The table functions as a desk

Similar words: suffice, do, answer, serve

Definition: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

Usage: A few words would answer; This car suits my purpose well; Will $100 do?; A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school; Nothing else will serve


Synonyms: serve, do

Definition: spend time in prison or in a labor camp

Usage: He did six years for embezzlement

Similar words: pass, spend

Definition: pass time in a specific way

Usage: how are you spending your summer vacation?