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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subserveverb

    be helpful or useful


  1. subserveverb

    To serve to promote (an end); to be useful to.

  2. subserveverb

    To assist in carrying out.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUBSERVEverb

    To serve in subordination; to serve instrumentally.

    Etymology: subservio, Latin.

    Not made to rule,
    But to subserve where wisdom bears command. John Milton.

    It is a greater credit to know the ways of captivating nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy. Joseph Glanvill.

    The memory hath no special part of the brain devoted to its own service, but uses all those parrs which subserve our sensations, as well as our thinking powers. William Walsh.


  1. subserve

    Subserve generally means to be helpful, useful, or promote an aim or purpose. It can also refer to the act of serving or working under someone or something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subserveverb

    to serve in subordination or instrumentally; to be subservient to; to help forward; to promote

  2. Subserveverb

    to be subservient or subordinate; to serve in an inferior capacity

  3. Etymology: [L. subservire; sub under + servire to serve. See Serve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subserve

    sub-sėrv′, v.t. to serve subordinately or instrumentally: to help forward.—ns. Subser′vience, Subser′viency, state of being subservient: anything that promotes some purpose.—adj. Subser′vient, subserving: serving to promote: subject: submissive.—adv. Subser′viently. [L. subservīresub, under, servīre, to serve.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subserve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subserve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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