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American English: /ˈsərvəs/
British English: /ˈsəːvɪs/

Translation of service in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (duty, work) a life of service to others
    una vida al servicio de los demás
    she did voluntary service
    trabajó como voluntaria
    on active service (Military) five years' (length of) service
    cinco años de antigüedad or de trabajo
    Example sentences
    • With more than six decades of voluntary service to her credit, she has not yet called it a day.
    • It is usually difficult for a institution to run totally on voluntary service, without any funding.
    • Whatever the level of voluntary service, we want to hear from you.
    Example sentences
    • The period of service must, however, be lawful employment.
    • Pay records would show no service during this time period because he was not paid!
    • A 1696 scheme for registering seamen for limited periods of service was abandoned in 1711.
    1.2 (as domestic servant) she was in service with a duke
    servía en casa de un duque
    he went into service in 1932
    se puso a trabajar como criado en 1932
    1.3 (given by a tool, machine) you'll get years of service from this iron
    esta plancha le durará años
    this car has given (me) good service over the years
    este coche me ha prestado muy buen servicio a lo largo de los años
    these boots have seen a lot of service
    estas botas tienen mucho trote [colloquial]
    the photocopier is out of service
    la fotocopiadora no funciona
    to come into service
    entrar en servicio or en funcionamiento
  • 2 uncountable and countable (of professional, tradesman, company) 24-hour emergency service
    servicio de emergencia (durante) las 24 horas del día
    goods and services
    bienes (masculine plural) y servicios
    to offer one's services
    ofrecer sus ( or mis etc. ) servicios
    we no longer require your services
    ya no precisamos sus servicios
    it's all part of the service
    todo es parte del servicio
    services 1 mile (British)
    área de servicio a 1 milla
    Example sentences
    • He is determined to retain the major water customers by improving service and offering advice on water and waste management.
    • Edel aims to provide experienced advice and professional service to all her customers.
    • This will allow it to continue to sink all its money into sales and service.
  • 3 countable and uncountable (assistance) she has done us all a service
    nos ha hecho a todos un favor or servicio
    my staff are at your service
    mis empleados están a sus órdenes or a su entera disposición or a su servicio
    David Andrews at your service
    David Andrews, para servirla or a sus órdenes
    I'd like to be of service, but …
    me gustaría poder ayudar, pero …
    how can I be of service to you?
    ¿en qué puedo ayudarlo or servirlo?
    your advice was of great service to me [formal]
    su consejo me fue sumamente útil
  • 4 countable (organization, system) telephone/postal service
    servicio telefónico/postal
    the bus/rail service
    el servicio de autobuses/trenes
    there's a daily/an hourly service to Boston
    hay un servicio diario/un tren ( or autobús etc. ) cada hora a Boston
    a new scheduled service to Dubai
    un nuevo servicio regular a Dubai
    this service terminates here
    este es el final del trayecto
    the emergency services
    los servicios de emergencia
    Example sentences
    • The country is still a mess, with deteriorating services like water and electricity.
    • Essential public services, like water supply, have no place in trade agreement agenda of the WTO.
    • All that will be required of them is to pay for services like water, electricity and refuse removal.
  • 5 (Military)the (armed) services
    las fuerzas armadas
    which service was he in?
    ¿en qué cuerpo estaba?
    the senior service
    la marina
    (before noun) (chief/life)
    de militar
    de miembro de las fuerzas armadas
    Example sentences
    • Are the services anticipating the changing nature of future conflict in their wargaming?
    • He met his wife, who has also served in the Territorial Army and Auxiliary Air Force, through the services.
    • His appointment signaled a renaissance of the warrior ethic throughout the services.
  • 6 uncountable (in shop, restaurant) service not included
    servicio no incluido
    table or (British) waiter service
    servicio de camarero or (Colombia) (Mexico) de meseros or (Southern Cone) (Peru) de mozos or (Venezuela) de mesoneros
    Example sentences
    • We had to teach them everything from service to food to cleaning, even personal hygiene.
    • The fact the he is a regular customer speaks volumes for the quality of the food and friendly service.
    • You'll return to the establishment again and again because the food and service was so good.
  • 7 countable and uncountable (overhaul, maintenance) the annual service
    la revisión or (Latin America) el servicio or (Río de la Plata) el service anual
    (before noun) (contract/package)
    de mantenimiento
    service engineer
    técnico (-ca) (masculine, feminine) de mantenimiento
    Example sentences
    • It had failed to refill the gearbox with oil during the pre-delivery service of the car.
    • I had to take my car in for a service after squash and had meant to check under the seats in case it had slipped out of my pocket, but forgot.
    • By some good fortune we made it to Vals on time, then proceeded to our hotel where we had a bite to eat and then gave the car a service with Jim and the gang.
  • 8 countable (Religion)
    oficio (masculine) religioso
    funeral service wedding service
    ceremonia (feminine) de boda
    Example sentences
    • I point out that the wedding is a service of worship in which God is the focus and our goal is to please Him.
    • One of the team's goals is to pray during worship services for the church's leaders and ministry.
    • One tends to find greater respect for the liturgical nature of our common worship in Anglican services.
  • 9 countable (in tennis) you should improve your service
    deberías mejorar el servicio or saque
    first/second service!
    ¡primer/segundo saque or servicio!
    service Pombo
    servicio de Pombo
    to break somebody's service
    romper el servicio de alguien
    romperle el servicio a alguien
    (before noun) (line)
    de servicio
    de saque
    service break
    ruptura (feminine) de servicio
    Example sentences
    • We are on the balls of our feet, like tennis players awaiting service, anxiously twiddling our sticks.
    Example sentences
    • Jenkins served the first four services of the third game, picking up one ace in the process of doing so.
  • 10 countable
    also: dinner service
    tea/coffee service
    juego (masculine) de té/café
    servicio (masculine) de té/café

transitive verb

  • 1 (overhaul, maintain)
    hacerle una revisión a
    hacerle un servicio a (Latin America)
    hacerle un service a (Río de la Plata)
    hacerle el mantenimiento a
    Example sentences
    • He was reimbursed only a small amount on account of his disbursements for the use of his car in servicing the machines.
    • The electrical and plumbing systems were checked, a new gas boiler was installed, the lifts were serviced and repaired, and the fire safety equipment was also checked and repaired or replaced.
    • You may get a locally trained technician to service the machines and robotics.
  • 2 (Finance) 2.1 (debt/loan)
    pagar los intereses de
    atender el servicio de [formal]
    Example sentences
    • Instead, the national debt is simply serviced with the amount of interest paid in any year being a function of the size of the debt and the interest rates on the appropriate debt instruments.
    • Remember it is pointless keeping too much surplus money in a savings account if you are also servicing debt at a higher rate of interest.
    • Therefore, countries had to increase production of commodities in order to service their debts.
    2.2 (look after)
    ocuparse de
    Example sentences
    • We have 84,000 people who will be serviced by that organisation.
  • 3 (Farming)
    Example sentences
    • It is then that Jane reads about how bulls never service the same cow twice.
    • The queen bee is serviced by her male drones, and then she kills them off one by one.
    • It has been known for one male to service 40 females, but it all depends on his size and strength.
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