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subserve Line breaks: sub|serve
Pronunciation: /səbˈsəːv/

Definition of subserve in English:


[with object]
Help to further or promote: they extended the uses of writing to subserve their political interest
More example sentences
  • Thus his adhesion to the doctrine of the class war involves his opposition to all measures subserving the interest of any section of capitalism.
  • He would be expected to subserve American interests in return.
  • The government seems to have been privatised; its instruments have to subserve party interests.


Mid 17th century: from Latin subservire (see sub-, serve).

Words that rhyme with subserve

conserve, curve, Deneuve, derv, hors d'oeuvre, nerve, observe, roman-fleuve, serve, swerve, verve
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