Definitions for serviceˈsɜr vɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

serv•iceˈsɜr vɪs(n.; adj.; v.)-iced, -ic•ing.

  1. (n.)an act of helpful activity; help; aid.

  2. the supplying or supplier of utilities, commodities, or other facilities that meet a public need, as water, electricity, communication, or transportation.

  3. the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance or repair:

    guaranteed service and parts.

  4. the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public:

    a television repair service.

  5. the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant.

  6. employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc.

    Category: Government

  7. a department of public employment, or the body of public servants in it:

    the diplomatic service.

    Category: Government

  8. the duty or work of public servants.

    Category: Government

  9. the armed forces: a branch of the armed forces.

    in the service.

    Category: Military

  10. the actions required in loading and firing a cannon.

    Category: Military

  11. Often, services. the performance of any duties or work for another:

    medical services.

  12. something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit.

  13. Category: Religion

    Ref: Also called divine service.

  14. a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion:

    the marriage service.

    Category: Religion

  15. the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.

    Category: Religion

  16. a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.

    Category: Music and Dance

  17. a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use.

  18. Ref: answering service.

  19. Law. the serving of a process or writ upon a person.

    Category: Law

  20. (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.) the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve. the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.

    Category: Sport

  21. the mating of a female animal with the male.

    Category: Zoology

  22. (adj.)of service; useful.

  23. of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food.

  24. supplying services rather than products or goods:

    the service professions.

  25. supplying maintenance and repair:

    a service center for electrical appliances.

  26. of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces or one of them.

  27. providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service:

    a service contract.

  28. (v.t.)to make fit for use; repair or restore:

    to service an automobile.

  29. to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.

  30. (of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal).

  31. to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments.

    Category: Banking, Business

Origin of service:

bef. 1100; late OE serfise ceremony < OF servise, service < L servitium servitude, der. of serv(us) slave

serv•iceˈsɜr vɪs(n.)

  1. a service tree, esp.

    Sorbus domestica.

    Category: Plants

Origin of service:

1520–30; earlier serves, pl. of obs. serve service tree, ME; OE syrfe < VL *sorbea, der. of L sorbussorb1

Ser•viceˈsɜr vɪs(n.)

  1. Robert W(illiam), 1874–1958, Canadian writer.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. service(noun)

    work done by one person or group that benefits another

    "budget separately for goods and services"

  2. service(noun)

    an act of help or assistance

    "he did them a service"

  3. service, religious service, divine service(noun)

    the act of public worship following prescribed rules

    "the Sunday service"

  4. service(noun)

    a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

  5. service(noun)

    employment in or work for another

    "he retired after 30 years of service"

  6. military service, armed service, service(noun)

    a force that is a branch of the armed forces

  7. Service, Robert William Service(noun)

    Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)

  8. avail, help, service(noun)

    a means of serving

    "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"

  9. service, table service(noun)

    tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table

  10. servicing, service(noun)

    the act of mating by male animals

    "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"

  11. service(noun)

    (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him

  12. serve, service(noun)

    (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

    "his powerful serves won the game"

  13. service, serving, service of process(noun)

    the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone

    "he accepted service of the subpoena"

  14. overhaul, inspection and repair, service(noun)

    periodic maintenance on a car or machine

    "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"

  15. service(verb)

    the performance of duties by a waiter or servant

    "that restaurant has excellent service"

  16. service, serve(verb)

    be used by; as of a utility

    "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"

  17. service(verb)

    make fit for use

    "service my truck"; "the washing machine needs to be serviced"

  18. serve, service(verb)

    mate with

    "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. service(noun)ˈsɜr vɪs

    work a business does for its customers, and the quality of that work

    the financial services we provide for our clients; good/bad service at the restaurant; a high level of customer service

  2. serviceˈsɜr vɪs

    work sb does for other people or an organization

    his twenty years of service at the company; a group performing community services

  3. serviceˈsɜr vɪs

    a system that provides sth for the public

    the country's national health service; bus/train services

  4. serviceˈsɜr vɪs

    a religious ceremony

    a church service

  5. serviceˈsɜr vɪs

    the act of having a vehicle's engine checked

    My car's in for a service.

  6. service(verb)ˈsɜr vɪs

    to check and fix a vehicle's engine

    mechanics servicing the airplane's engine; I have to get the car serviced.


  1. service(Noun)

    An event in which an entity takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on the behalf of another entity.

  2. service(Noun)

    Action or work that is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed.

    Hair care is a service industry.

  3. service(Noun)

    A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.

    This machine provides the name service for the LAN.

  4. service(Noun)

    The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group

    Lancelot was at the service of King Arthur.

  5. service(Noun)

    The military.

    I did three years in the service before coming here.

  6. service(Noun)

    A set of dishes or utensils.

    She brought out the silver tea service.

  7. service(Noun)

    The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.

    The player had four service faults in the set.

  8. service(Noun)

    A religious rite or ritual.

    The funeral service was touching.

  9. service(Noun)

    The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.

    The service happened yesterday.

  10. service(Verb)

    To serve.

    They service the customer base.

  11. service(Verb)

    To perform maintenance.

    He is going to service the car.

  12. service(Verb)

    To perform a sexual act.

    He was going to service her.

  13. service(Noun)

    A taxi shared among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities.

  14. Origin: From servise (French: ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Service

    alt. of Service

  2. Service

    a name given to several trees and shrubs of the genus Pyrus, as Pyrus domestica and P. torminalis of Europe, the various species of mountain ash or rowan tree, and the American shad bush (see Shad bush, under Shad). They have clusters of small, edible, applelike berries

  3. Service(noun)

    the act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another's command; attendance of an inferior, hired helper, slave, etc., on a superior, employer, master, or the like; also, spiritual obedience and love

  4. Service(noun)

    the deed of one who serves; labor performed for another; duty done or required; office

  5. Service(noun)

    office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial; as, a burial service

  6. Service(noun)

    hence, a musical composition for use in churches

  7. Service(noun)

    duty performed in, or appropriate to, any office or charge; official function; hence, specifically, military or naval duty; performance of the duties of a soldier

  8. Service(noun)

    useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail

  9. Service(noun)

    profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed

  10. Service(noun)

    the act and manner of bringing food to the persons who eat it; order of dishes at table; also, a set or number of vessels ordinarily used at table; as, the service was tardy and awkward; a service of plate or glass

  11. Service(noun)

    the act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed by law; as, the service of a subp/na or an attachment

  12. Service(noun)

    the materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc

  13. Service(noun)

    the act of serving the ball

  14. Service(noun)

    act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13


  1. Service

    In economics, a service is an intangible commodity. That is, services are an example of intangible economic goods. Service provision is often an economic activity where the buyer does not generally, except by exclusive contract, obtain exclusive ownership of the thing purchased. The benefits of such a service, if priced, are held to be self-evident in the buyer's willingness to pay for it. Public services are those society as a whole pays for through taxes and other means. By composing and orchestrating the appropriate level of resources, skill, ingenuity, and experience for effecting specific benefits for service consumers, service providers participate in an economy without the restrictions of carrying inventory or the need to concern themselves with bulky raw materials. On the other hand, their investment in expertise does require consistent service marketing and upgrading in the face of competition.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'service' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #283

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'service' in Written Corpus Frequency: #452

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'service' in Nouns Frequency: #24

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'service' in Verbs Frequency: #1044

Translations for service

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the process of serving customers in a hotel, shop etc

You get very slow service in that shop; (also adjective) a service charge on a hotel bill.

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