What does SERVICE mean?

Definitions for SERVICE
ˈsɜr vɪsser·vice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. servicenoun

    work done by one person or group that benefits another

    "budget separately for goods and services"

  2. servicenoun

    an act of help or assistance

    "he did them a service"

  3. service, religious service, divine servicenoun

    the act of public worship following prescribed rules

    "the Sunday service"

  4. servicenoun

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

  5. servicenoun

    employment in or work for another

    "he retired after 30 years of service"

  6. military service, armed service, servicenoun

    a force that is a branch of the armed forces

  7. Service, Robert William Servicenoun

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

  8. avail, help, servicenoun

    a means of serving

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

  9. service, table servicenoun

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

  10. servicing, servicenoun

    the act of mating by male animals

    "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"

  11. servicenoun

    (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, servicenoun

    (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

    "his powerful serves won the game"

  13. service, serving, service of processnoun

    the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone

    "he accepted service of the subpoena"

  14. overhaul, inspection and repair, servicenoun

    periodic maintenance on a car or machine

    "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"

  15. serviceverb

    the performance of duties by a waiter or servant

    "that restaurant has excellent service"

  16. service, serveverb

    be used by; as of a utility

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

  17. serviceverb

    make fit for use

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

  18. serve, serviceverb

    mate with

    "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"


  1. servicenoun

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

  2. servicenoun

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

    Hair care is a service industry.

  3. servicenoun

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

    This machine provides the name service for the LAN.

  4. servicenoun

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

    Lancelot was at the service of King Arthur.

  5. servicenoun

    The military.

    I did three years in the service before coming here.

  6. servicenoun

    A set of dishes or utensils.

    She brought out the silver tea service.

  7. servicenoun

    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. servicenoun

    A religious rite or ritual.

    The funeral service was touching.

  9. servicenoun

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

    The service happened yesterday.

  10. serviceverb

    To serve.

    They service the customer base.

  11. serviceverb

    To perform maintenance.

    He is going to service the car.

  12. serviceverb

    To perform a sexual act.

    He was going to service her.

  13. servicenoun

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

  14. Etymology: From servise (French:).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Servicenoun

    Etymology: service, Fr. servitium, Latin.

    The banish’d Kent, who in disguise
    Follow’d his king, and did him service
    Improper for a slave. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Both fell by our servants, by those men we lov’d most:
    A most unnatural and faithless service. William Shakespeare.

    I have served prince Florizel; but now I am out of service. William Shakespeare.

    By oppressing and betraying me,
    Thou might’st have sooner got another service. William Shakespeare.

    These that accuse him are a yoke of his discarded men; very rogues, now they be out of service. William Shakespeare.

    A court, properly a fair, the end of it trade and gain; for none would go to service that thinks he has enough to live well of himself. William Temple.

    That service is not service, so being done,
    But being so allow’d. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    This poem was the last piece of service I did for my master King Charles. Dryden.

    Madam, I entreat true peace of you,
    Which I will purchase with my duteous service. William Shakespeare.

    Riches gotten by service, tho’ it be of the best rise, yet when gotten by flattery, may be placed amongst the worst. Francis Bacon.

    I am a woman, lacking wit,
    To make a seemly answer to such persons,
    Pray do my service to his majesty. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Thou nature, art my Goddess; to thy law
    My services are bound. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    God requires no man’s service upon hard and unreasonable Terms. John Tillotson, Serm.

    Altho’ they built castles and made freeholders, yet were there no tenures and services reserved to the crown; but the lords drew all the respect and dependency of the common people unto themselves. John Davies, State of Ireland.

    The order of human society cannot be preserved, nor the services requisite to the support of it be supplied, without a distinction of stations, and a long subordination of offices. John Rogers.

    If stations of power and trust were constantly made the rewards of virtue, men of great abilities would endeavour to excel in the duties of a religious life, in order to qualify themselves for publick service. Jonathan Swift.

    When he cometh to experience of service abroad, or is put to a piece or pike, he maketh a worthy soldier. Edmund Spenser.

    At the parliament at Oxford his youth and want of experience in sea service had somewhat been shrewdly touched, even before the sluices of popular liberty were yet set open. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    Such fellows will learn you by rote where services were done, at such and such a breach. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    All the vessels of the king’s house are not for uses of honour, some be common stuff, and for mean services, yet profitable. Henry Spelman.

    The stork’s plea, when taken in a net, was the service she did in picking up venemous creatures. Roger L'Estrange.

    The clergy prevent themselves from doing much service to religion, by affecting so much to converse with each other, and caring so little to mingle with the laity. Jonathan Swift.

    Gentle streams visit populous towns in their course, and are at once of ornament and service to them. Alexander Pope.

    To thee a woman’s services are due,
    My fool usurps my body. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    According to this form of theirs, it must stand for a rule, no sermon, no service. Richard Hooker.

    If that very service of God in the Jewish synagogues, which our Lord did approve and sanctify with his own presence, had so large portions of the law and prophets, together with the many prayers and psalms read day by day, as equal in a manner the length of ours, and yet in that respect was never thought to deserve blame; is it now an offence that the like measure of time is bestowed in the like manner? Richard Hooker.

    I know no necessity why private and single abilities should quite justle out and deprive the church of the joint abilities and concurrent gifts of many learned and godly men, such as the composers of the service-book were. Charles I .

    The congregation was discomposed, and divine service broken off. Isaac Watts.

    Cleopatra made Antony a supper sumptuous and royal; howbeit there was no extraordinary service seen on the board. George Hakewill.

    The flower consists of several leaves, which are placed orbicularly, and expand in form of a rose, whose flower-cup afterwards becomes a fruit shaped like a pear or medlar: to which must be added, pennated leaves like that of the ash. Philip Miller.

    October is drawn in a garment of yellow and carnation; in his left hand a basket of services, medlars, and other fruits that ripen late. Henry Peacham.


  1. Service

    A service is the action of performing a specific task or providing assistance to meet the needs or interests of others. Services can be intangible in nature, such as customer support, healthcare, or consulting, or they can involve tangible actions like repair, maintenance, or transportation. In essence, services involve the provision of skills, expertise, or labor to fulfill a particular objective or requirement of individuals or organizations.

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. Servicenoun

    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. Servicenoun

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

  5. Servicenoun

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

  6. Servicenoun

    hence, a musical composition for use in churches

  7. Servicenoun

    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. Servicenoun

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

  9. Servicenoun

    profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed

  10. Servicenoun

    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. Servicenoun

    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. Servicenoun

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

  13. Servicenoun

    the act of serving the ball

  14. Servicenoun

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

  15. Etymology: [Properly, the tree which bears serve, OE. serves, pl., service berries, AS. syrfe service tree; akin to L. sorbus.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Service

    sėr′vis, n. condition or occupation of a servant: a working for another: duty required in any office: military or naval duty: any liturgical form or office, public religious worship, religious ceremonial: a musical composition for devotional purposes: labour, assistance, or kindness to another: benefit: profession of respect: order of dishes at table, or a set of them: official function, use, employment: that which is furnished: a tree of rarely more than 30 feet high, with leaves and flowers like the Rowan-tree, but the former downy beneath—also Sorb.—ns. Serviceabil′ity, Ser′viceableness.—adj. Ser′viceable, able or willing to serve: advantageous: useful: capable of rendering long service, durable.—adv. Ser′viceably.—ns. Ser′vice-berr′y, a berry of the service-tree: (Scot.) the fruit of the white beam: a North American shrub, the shadbush; Ser′vice-book, a book of forms of religious service: a prayer-book; Ser′vice-box, a form of expansion joint, used in street-mains of steam-heating systems; Ser′vice-clean′er, a portable air-compressing pump and receiver for service-pipes; Ser′vice-line, one of two lines drawn across the court twenty-one feet from the net, in lawn-tennis; Ser′vice-mag′azine, a magazine for storing ammunition for immediate use; Ser′vice-pipe, a smaller pipe from a main-pipe to a dwelling; Ser′vice-tree, a tree of the pear family, with close-grained wood and an edible fruit; Ser′ving-mall′et, a piece of wood having a groove on one side to fit the convexity of a rope; Din′ner-ser′vice, a full set of dishes for dinner; Tā′ble-ser′vice, a set of utensils for the table; Wild′-ser′vice, a small species of service-tree, cultivated in England for its fruit and wood.—Service of an heir (Scots law), a proceeding before a jury to determine the heir of a person deceased.—Active service, service of a soldier, &c., in the field, against an enemy; At your service, a phrase of civility; Have seen service, to have been in active military service: to have been put to hard use; Plain service, in Anglican usage, an office which is simply read. [Fr.,—L. servitium.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. service

    The profession; as a general term, expresses every kind of duty which a naval or military man can be called upon to perform. Also, implying any bold exploit.--To see service, is a common expression, which implies actual contest with the enemy.--Service, of served rope, is the spun-yarn wound round a rope by means of a serving-board or mallet.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. service

    In a military sense is the art of serving the state in war. All studies, acts, and efforts of the profession of arms have this end in view. To belong to the army and to belong to the land service, are the same thing. In a more restricted sense, service is the performance of military duty. In its general sense, service embraces all details of the military art. But in its restricted sense, actual service is the exercise of military functions. To see service, is a common expression denoting actual collision with an enemy. To retire from service, to quit the army, or resign.

Editors Contribution

  1. serviceverb

    1.) A business ownership prescribed by law; acknowledged and certified of operation under Assumed Name which was profiled in a governing office. 2.) Service is acts or actions that provide a serial series of organized moral or wicked behavior.

    Those who choose to be in service with the satanic system have a reservation in the pit of fire in permenition grounding.

    Etymology: Certified certification

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 25, 2023  

  2. service

    The act and process of providing a specific form of work.

    The service provision is excellent and so efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

  3. service

    The act of process of the regular maintenance of a vehicle or other form of transport and machinery.

    Engineers are employed all over the world to service aircraft, systems, buses, trains, machinery etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2015  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Service is ranked #17896 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Service surname appeared 1,562 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Service.

    71.7% or 1,120 total occurrences were White.
    22.1% or 346 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 54 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 35 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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

Anagrams for SERVICE »

  1. scrieve

  2. cerevis

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SERVICE in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SERVICE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of SERVICE in a Sentence

  1. Stewart McLaurin:

    The last crystal that was acquired for the White House for a full state service was during the Nixon era.

  2. Tony Durrant:

    We are able to be selective and in different circumstances to transfer a bit of risk to the service side.

  3. Superintendent Gill Murray:

    The racist chanting was reported by a member of the public who was disgusted by the behavior of the men who had traveled on the 18.40 service from Paris Gard du Nord, the men shouted as they walked through the station having alighted from the train a short time earlier.

  4. Queen Mastropietro:

    UI/UX design is a collection of interface development services that aims to create user-friendly interfaces for software and applications. A good UI/UX design service should understand your target audience and the various stages of their customer journey. They should be able to mimic these experiences so that your users will be more likely to become repeat customers. This article will provide an overview of the process and its advantages.

  5. Steven Mnuchin:

    We will not allow digital asset service providers to operate in the shadows.

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