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an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.

the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.

the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.: The manufacturer guarantees service and parts.

the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public: a television repair service.


the supplying or a supplier of public communication and transportation: telephone service; bus service.

the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant; occupation or employment as a waiter or servant.

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

a department of public employment, an administrative division of a government, or the body of public servants in it: the diplomatic service.

the duty or work of public servants.

the serving of a sovereign, state, or government in some official capacity.

the armed forces: in the service.

a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy: Which service were you in during the war?

Ordnance . the actions required in loading and firing a cannon: service of the piece.

Often services . the performance of any duties or work for another; helpful or professional activity: medical services.

something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit: Certain books are published at a loss as a public service.

Also called divine service. public religious worship according to prescribed form and order.

a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion: the marriage service.

the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.: voluntary service.

a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.

a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use: a tea service; service for eight.

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

Nautical . tarred spun yarn or other small stuff for covering the exterior of a rope.

the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.

the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.

the mating of a female animal with the male.

of service; useful.

of, relating to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food: service stairs; the service pieces in a set of dishes.

supplying aids or services rather than products or goods: Medicine is one of the service professions.

supplying maintenance and repair: He operates a service center for electrical appliances.

of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces of a country or one of them: a service academy.

charged for providing service: a service fee of 15 percent on the restaurant check.

providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service: a service industry; a service contract.

to make fit for use; repair; restore to condition for service: to service an automobile.

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

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

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


at someone's service , ready to be of help or use to someone; at one's disposal: You will have an English-speaking guide at your service.

be of service , to be helpful or useful: If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.

before 1100; Middle English (noun)

  • adjective : unserviced

Grammar Greats and Gaffes


a service tree, especially Sorbus domestica.

1520–30; earlier serves, plural of obsolete serve service tree; Middle English; Old English syrfe 1

Robert W(illiam), 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.

Examples from the News

  • Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean

  • Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean

  • A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.

    Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light

  • In the name of protecting passengers, however, tourists in Las Vegas are unable to take advantage of this service.

    Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman

    Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?

  • The other narrative is of mobility in the service of ambition.

    • In your service I have spent many toilsome days and sleepless nights.

    Lydia Maria Child


  • It is only right that I should employ a portion in His service.

    Brave and Bold

  • In his pocket there were nearly two hundred dollars, not likely to be of any service to him.

    Brave and Bold

  • Then they wait for a third service, and after that start out home again.

    Sarah H. Bradford

    Harriet, The Moses of Her People

  • That's fortunate, sir; if you are a stranger here, your service to me will be greater.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327

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