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Definition of 'service'


  1. work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services"
  2. a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  3. the act of public worship following prescribed rules; "the Sunday service"
       Synonyms: religious service divine service
  4. an act of help or assistance; "he did them a service"
       Antonyms: disservice ill service ill turn
  5. employment in or work for another; "he retired after 30 years of service"
  6. a force that is a branch of the armed forces
       Synonyms: military service armed service
  7. the performance of duties by a waiter or servant; "that restaurant has excellent service"
  8. periodic maintenance on a car or machine; "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"
       Synonyms: overhaul inspection and repair
  9. tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
       Synonyms: table service
  10. (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game"
       Synonyms: serve
  11. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; "he accepted service of the subpoena"
       Synonyms: serving service of process
  12. Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)
       Synonyms: Robert William Service
  13. a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
       Synonyms: avail help
  14. the act of mating by male animals; "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"
       Synonyms: servicing
  15. (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him


  1. be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"
       Synonyms: serve
  2. make fit for use; "service my truck"; "the washing machine needs to be serviced"
  3. mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
       Synonyms: serve

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