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Pronunciation: /ˈsɜːrvəs; ˈsɜːvɪs/

Translation of service in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable 1.1 (duty, work) servicio (masculine) a life of service to others una vida al servicio de los demás she did voluntary service trabajó como voluntaria on active service [Military/Militar] en servicio activo five years' (length of) service cinco años de antigüedad or de trabajo
    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/familiar] the photocopier is out of service la fotocopiadora no funciona to come into service entrar en servicio or en funcionamiento
  • 2 u and c (of professional, tradesman, company) servicio (masculine) 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 English/inglés británico) área de servicio a 1 milla
  • 3 c and u (assistance) servicio (masculine) 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
    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.
  • 4 countable/numerable (organization, system) servicio (masculine) 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/Militar] the (armed) services las fuerzas armadas which service was he in? ¿en qué cuerpo estaba? the senior service la marina (before noun/delante del nombre) [chief/life] militar; [wife/family] 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/no numerable (in shop, restaurant) servicio (masculine) service not included servicio no incluido table o (British English/inglés británico) waiter service servicio de camarero or (Colombia) (Mexico/México) de meseros or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) (Peru/Perú) de mozos or (Venezuela) de mesoneros
    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.
    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.
  • 8 countable/numerable [Religion/Religión] oficio (masculine) religioso funeral service funeral (masculine) 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/numerable (in tennis) servicio (masculine), saque (masculine) 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 sb's service romper* el servicio de algn, romperle* el servicio a algn (before noun/delante del nombre) [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/numerable
    (dinner service)
    vajilla (feminine) tea/coffee service juego (masculine) or servicio (masculine) de té/café

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (overhaul, maintain) [car] hacerle* una revisión or (Latin America/América Latina) un servicio or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) un service a; [machine/appliance] hacerle* el mantenimiento a
  • 2 [Finance] 2.1 [debt/loan] pagar* los intereses de, atender* el servicio de [formal] 2.2 (look after) ocuparse de

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