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1the action of helping or doing work for someone:millions are involved in voluntary service an act of assistance:he has done us a great service he volunteered his services as a driver assistance or advice given to customers during and after the sale of goods:they aim to provide better quality of service the action or process of serving food and drinks to customers:they complained of poor bar service a period of employment with a company or organization:he retired after 40 years' service employment as a servant:the pitifully low wages gained from domestic serviceSee also below. the use that can be made of a machine:the computer should provide good service for years a periodic routine inspection and maintenance of a vehicle or other machine:he took his car in for service they phoned for service on their air conditioning
) the armed forces:troops from all branches of the services (as modifier service)service personnel
) chiefly British an area with parking beside a major road supplying gasoline, refreshments, and other amenities to motorists.
2a system supplying a public need such as transport, communications, or utilities such as electricity and water:a regular bus service a public department or organization run by the government:the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3a ceremony of religious worship according to a prescribed form; the prescribed form for such a ceremony:a funeral service 4 [with modifier] a set of matching dishes and utensils used for serving a particular meal:a dinner service 5(in tennis and other racket sports) the action or right of serving to begin play. 6 Law the formal delivery of a document such as a writ or summons.
verb [with object]
1perform routine maintenance or repair work on (a vehicle or machine):have your car serviced regularly supply and maintain systems for public utilities and transportation and communications in (an area):the town is small but well serviced perform a service or services for (someone):the state’s biggest health maintenance organization servicing the poor pay interest on (a debt):taxpayers are paying $250 million just to service that debt 2(of a male animal) mate with (a female animal). vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
1in or available for use. 2 dated employed as a servant.