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(1)   The performance of duties by a waiter or servant
"That restaurant has excellent service"
(2)   Periodic maintenance on a car or machine
"It was time for an overhaul on the tractor"
(3)   The act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
"He accepted service of the subpoena"
(4)   (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
"His powerful serves won the game"
(5)   Work done by one person or group that benefits another
"Budget separately for goods and services"
(6)   (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
(7)   Employment in or work for another
"He retired after 30 years of service"
(8)   The act of mating by male animals
"The bull was worth good money in servicing fees"
(9)   The act of public worship following prescribed rules
"The Sunday service"
(10)   An act of help or assistance
"He did them a service"
(11)   Tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
(12)   A means of serving
"Of no avail"
"There's no help for it"
(13)   A company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
(14)   A force that is a branch of the armed forces
(15)   Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)


(16)   Make fit for use
"Service my truck"
"The washing machine needs to be serviced"
(17)   Mate with
"Male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
(18)   Be used by; as of a utility
"The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"
"The garage served to shelter his horses"


  1. An event in which an entity takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on the behalf of another entity.
  2. Action or work that is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed.
    Hair care is a service industry.
  3. A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
    This machine provides the name service for the LAN.
  4. The military.
    I did three years in the service before coming here.
  5. A set of dishes or utensils.
    She brought out the silver tea service.
  6. 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.
  7. A religious rite or ritual.
    The funeral service was touching.
  8. The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
    The service happened yesterday.
  9. (public service) that which is provided by the government or its agents
    The Job Centre provides a service to the unemployed.
  10. Doing something for someone else without thought of reward or payment.

Usage notes

In British English, the indefinite article “a” is often used with “good service”, as in “A good service is operating on all London Underground lines,” while this is not used in American English.

Related terms

  • disservice
  • eyeservice
  • fanservice
  • multiservice
  • serviceman
  • servicewoman
  • unservice


  1. To serve.
    They service the customer base.
  2. To perform maintenance.
    He is going to service the car.
  3. To perform a sexual act.
    He was going to service her.