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Translation of servir in English:

verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (ser útil) See examples: esta caja no sirve, trae una más grande
    this box won't do o 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 it's no good to me any more
    servir 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 suitable for this job
    yo no sirvo para mentir
    I'm a hopeless liar
    I'm no good at lying
    servir de algode nada sirve llorar/que me lo digas ahora
    it's no use o good crying/telling me now
    ¿de qué sirve hablarle si no te escucha?
    what's the point in o 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

also: servirse verbo pronominal

  • 2 [formal] (hacer uso) See examples:servirse de algo
    to make use of something
    use something
  • 3 [formal] (hacer el favor de)servirse + infinitivosi el señor se sirve firmar aquí …
    if you would be kind enough to o would care to sign here, Sir …
    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
Example sentences
  • Les dejo 5 tips que me han servido mucho.
  • El Partido sirve al pueblo y no al revés.
  • John sirve desayuno continental de cortesía todas las mañanas.

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