Serve

Serve

(?), v. i. 1. To be a servant or a slave; to be employed in labor or other business for another; to be in subjection or bondage; to render menial service.
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The Lord shall give thee rest . . . from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.
Isa. xiv. 3.
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2. To perform domestic offices; to be occupied with household affairs; to prepare and dish up food, etc.
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But Martha . . . said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?
Luke x. 40.
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3. To be in service; to do duty; to discharge the requirements of an office or employment. Specifically, to act in the public service, as a soldier, seaman. etc.
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Many . . . who had before been great commanders, but now served as private gentlemen without pay.
Knolles.
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4. To be of use; to answer a purpose; to suffice; to suit; to be convenient or favorable.
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This little brand will serve to light your fire.
Dryden.
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As occasion serves, this noble queen
And prince shall follow with a fresh supply.
Shak.
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5. (Tennis) To lead off in delivering the ball.
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