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Translation of servir in English:

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • 1 (ser útil) esta caja no sirve, trae una más grande this box won't do o/or is no good, can you bring a bigger one? tíralo, ya no me sirve throw it away, it's (of) no use to me o/or it's no good to me any moreservir para algo ¿para qué sirve este aparato? what's this device for?, what does this device do? ¿esto sirve para algo? is this any use? no lo tires, puede servir para algo don't throw it away, it might come in useful for something este cuchillo no sirve para cortar pan this knife is no good for cutting bread no creo que sirva para este trabajo I don't think he's right o/or suitable for this job yo no sirvo para mentir I'm a hopeless liar, I'm no good at lyingservir de algo de nada sirve llorar/que me lo digas ahora it's no use o/or good crying/telling me now ¿de qué sirve hablarle si no te escucha? what's the point in o/or the use of talking to him if he doesn't listen to you? esto te puede servir de manto para el disfraz you can use this as a cloak for your fancy dress costume

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (servirse)

  • 2 [formal] (hacer uso) servirse de algo to make use of sth, use sth
  • 3 [formal] (hacer el favor de)servirse + infinitivo/infinitive si el señor se sirve firmar aquí … if you would be kind enough to o/or would care to sign here, Sir … [formal] sírvase rellenar la solicitud que se adjunta please fill in the enclosed application form sírvase pasar por caja donde le harán efectivo el pago if you would like to go over to the cashier, they will give you the money les rogamos se sirvan enviarnos esta información a la brevedad we would ask you to send us this information at your earliest convenience [formal]

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