service


service
/ˈsɜvəs / (say 'servuhs)

noun
1. an act of helpful activity.
2. the supplying or supplier of any articles, commodities, activities, etc., required or demanded.
3. the providing of, or a provider of, a public need, such as communications, transport, etc.
4. the organised system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying a public need.
5. the supplying or a supplier of water, gas, or the like to the public.
6. the performance of duties as a servant; occupation or employment as a servant.
7. employment in any duties or work for another, a government, etc.
8. a department of public employment, or the body of public servants in it: the diplomatic service.
9. the duty or work of public servants.
10. the serving of a sovereign, state, or government in some official capacity.
11. Military
a. (plural) the armed forces: in the services.
b. period or duration of active service.
c. a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy.
12. (often plural) the performance of any duties or work for another; helpful activity: medical services.
13. the act of servicing a piece of machinery, especially a motor vehicle.
14. public religious worship according to prescribed form and order: divine service.
15. a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion: the marriage service.
16. the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.
17. a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.
18. a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for a particular use: a dinner service.
19. Law the serving of a process or writ upon a person.
20. Nautical, etc. a small cord or the like wound about a rope, etc., as for strengthening or protection.
21. Tennis, etc.
a. the act or manner of putting the ball in play.
b. the ball as put in play.
22. the insemination of a female animal by the male.
adjective
23. of service; useful.
24. of, relating to, or used by, servants, tradespeople, etc.: service stairs.
25. of or relating to the armed forces.
verb (t) (serviced, servicing)
26. to make fit for service; restore to condition for service: to service a car.
27. (of a male animal) to inseminate (a female animal).
28. to meet interest and other payments on, as a government debt: to service a debt.
29. to seek to vary an industrial award or conditions in it: to service an award.
30. to meet the needs of (a group of people or organisation) by providing a particular service: a road safety officer to service all the schools in this area.
31. (of a town) to provide housing, amenities, etc., for an operation such as a coalmine.
phrase
32. at someone's service, ready to help someone; at someone's disposal: to have a chauffeur at one's service.
33. be of service, to be helpful or useful: to be of service to the visitors.
{Middle English; Old English serfise, from Old French servise, from Latin servitium}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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