serve

serve
sə:v
1. verb
1) (to work for a person etc eg as a servant: He served his master for forty years.) servir
2) (to distribute food etc or supply goods: She served the soup to the guests; Which shop assistant served you (with these goods)?) servir
3) (to be suitable for a purpose: This upturned bucket will serve as a seat.) servir (de)
4) (to perform duties, eg as a member of the armed forces: He served (his country) as a soldier for twenty years; I served on the committee for five years.) servir, prestar servicio
5) (to undergo (a prison sentence): He served (a sentence of) six years for armed robbery.) cumplir
6) (in tennis and similar games, to start the play by throwing up the ball etc and hitting it: He served the ball into the net; Is it your turn to serve?) sacar

2. noun
(act of serving (a ball).) servicio
- serving
- it serves you right
- serve an apprenticeship
- serve out
- serve up

serve1 n saque
he has a powerful serve tiene un saque potente
whose serve is it? ¿a quién le toca sacar?
serve2 vb
1. servir
he served his country in the war sirvió a la patria durante la guerra
eat what you want, serve yourselves comed lo que queráis, servíos vosotros mismos
2. atender
a young girl served me at the chemist's en la farmacia me atendió una chica joven
3. sacar
he picked his racket up and prepared to serve cogió la raqueta y se preparó para sacar
it serves you right te está bien empleado
El gerundio de serve se escribe serving
serve
tr[sɜːv]
transitive verb
1 (work for) servir (as, de)
she served the company loyally for fifty years sirvió fielmente a la empresa durante cincuenta años
he has served his country ha servido a la patria
2 (customer) servir, atender; (food, drink) servir
are you being served? ¿le atienden?
dinner is served at 8.00 pm se sirve la cena a les 8.00
we can't serve alcohol after 11.00 pm no podemos servir alcohol después de las 11.00
this dish serves two este plato es para dos
3 (be useful to) servir, ser útil
this penknife will serve my purpose esta navaja me servirá
it serves many different purposes sirve para varias cosas
4 (provide with service) prestar servicio a
the new hospital will serve the whole region el nuevo hospital prestará servicio a toda la región
Barcelona is served by a good public transport system Barcelona dispone de un buen sistema de transporte público
5 (complete period of time - apprenticeship) hacer; (- sentence) cumplir
he served a three-year apprenticeship hizo un aprendizaje de tres años
she served six months for stealing cumplió una condena de seis meses por robo
6 SMALLLAW/SMALL (summons, writ, court order, etc) entregar, hacer entrega de
he was served with a summons fue citado para comparecer ante del juez, recibió una citación judicial
7 (tennis) sacar, servir
intransitive verb
1 (work for) servir
my father served in the army mi padre sirvió en el ejército
she served on a parliamentary committee fue miembro de la comisión parlamentaria
2 (in shop) atender; (food, drink) servir
who wants to serve? ¿quién quiere servir?
she's learning to serve at table aprende a servir la mesa
3 (be useful to) servir (as, de)
this small room can serve as my study esta habitación pequeña puede servirme de estudio
let this serve as a reminder to us all que esto nos sirva de recuerdo a todos
his remark only served to make things worse su comentario sólo sirvió para empeorar las cosas
this will serve as an example esto servirá de ejemplo
4 (tennis) servir, sacar
noun
1 (tennis) saque nombre masculino
\
SMALLIDIOMATIC EXPRESSION/SMALL
if my memory serves me right/well si no me falla la memoria, si mal no recuerdo
to serve at mass ayudar en misa
to serve somebody right tenerlo bien merecido alguien
it serves you right lo tienes bien merecido
to serve time cumplir una condena
serve ['sərv] v, served ; serving vi
1) : servir
to serve in the navy: servir en la armada
to serve on a jury: ser miembro de un jurado
2) do, function: servir
to serve as: servir de, servir como
3) : sacar (en deportes)
serve vt
1) : servir
to serve God: servir a Dios
2) help: servir
it serves no purpose: no sirve para nada
3) : servir (comida o bebida)
dinner is served: la cena está servida
4) supply: abastecer
5) carry out: cumplir, hacer
to serve time: servir una pena
6)
to serve a summons : entregar una citación
serve (Tennis)
n.
servicio (Tenis) (•Deporte•) s.m.
n.
saco s.m.
saque s.m.
saque en el tenis s.m. (Tennis)
v.
sacar (Tenis) (•Deporte•) v.
v.
abastecer v.
asistir v.
ayudar v.
escanciar v.
estar al servicio de v.
ser útil a v.
servir v.

I
1. sɜːrv, sɜːv
transitive verb
1) (work for) \<\<God/monarch/party\>\> servir* a
2) (help, be useful to) servir*

if (my) memory serves me correctly — si la memoria me es fiel, si la memoria no me falla

it serves no useful purpose — no sirve para nada (útil)

to serve somebody right — (colloq)

it serves her right! — se lo merece!, lo tiene bien merecido!, le está bien empleado! (Esp)

3)
a) (Culin) \<\<food/drink\>\> servir*

serves four — (in recipe) para cuatro personas; (on packet) cuatro raciones or porciones

dinner is served — (frml) la cena está servida

b) (in shop) (BrE) atender*

are you being served? — ¿lo atienden?

4) (Transp)

the bus route serving Newtown — el servicio or la línea de autobuses que va a Newtown

Riem airport serves Munich — Riem es el aeropuerto de Munich

5) (Law) \<\<summons/notice/order\>\> entregar*, hacer* entrega de

to serve something on somebody to serve somebody with something: they served a summons on all the directors todos los directivos recibieron una citación judicial; she was served with divorce papers — recibió notificación de la demanda de divorcio

6) (complete) \<\<apprenticeship\>\> hacer*; \<\<sentence\>\> cumplir

2.
vi
1)
a) (be servant) (liter) servir*
b) (in shop) (BrE) atender*
c) (distribute food) servir*
2) (spend time, do duty)

to serve in the army — servir* en el ejército

to serve on a committee — integrar una comisión, ser* miembro de una comisión

3) (have effect, function)

to serve to + INF — servir* para + inf

it only served to heighten tension — sólo sirvió para aumentar la tensión

let this serve as a warning — que esto te (or les etc) sirva de advertencia

4) (Sport) sacar*, servir*
Phrasal Verbs:

II
noun servicio m, saque m
[sɜːv]
1. VT
1) (=work for) [+ employer, God, country] servir a

he served his country well — sirvió dignamente a la patria, prestó valiosos servicios a la patria

2) (=be used for, be useful as) servir

that serves to explain ... — eso sirve para explicar ...

it serves its/my purpose — viene al caso

it serves you right — te lo mereces, te lo tienes merecido, te está bien empleado

it served him right for being so greedy — se lo mereció por ser tan glotón, le está bien empleado por glotón

if my memory serves me right — si la memoria no me falla

3) (in shop, restaurant) [+ customer] servir, atender; [+ food, meal] servir

to serve sb with hors d'oeuvres — servir los entremeses a algn

are you being served, madam? — ¿le están atendiendo, señora?

dinner is served — la cena está servida

they served cod as halibut — hicieron pasar bacalao por halibut

main courses are served with vegetables or salad — el plato principal se sirve acompañado de verduras o ensalada

4) (=complete) cumplir, hacer

to serve an apprenticeship — hacer el aprendizaje

to serve ten years in the army — servir diez años en el ejército

to serve a prison sentence, serve time (in prison) — cumplir una condena or una pena de cárcel

5) (Jur) [+ writ, summons] entregar

to serve a summons on sb — entregar una citación a algn

6) (Travel)

in towns served by this line — en las ciudades por donde pasa esta línea

these villages used to be served by buses — antes en estos pueblos había servicio de autobuses

7) (Culin) (=be enough for)

this recipe serves six — esta receta es (suficiente) para seis personas

8) (Tennis etc)

to serve the ball — servir (la bola), sacar

he served 17 double faults — hizo 17 dobles faltas

2. VI
1) [servant, soldier] servir

he is not willing to serve — no está dispuesto a ofrecer sus servicios

to serve on a committee/jury — ser miembro de una comisión/un jurado

to serve on the council — ser concejal

to serve in parliament — ser diputado

2) (at mealtime) servir

shall I serve? — ¿sirvo?

to serve at table — servir en la mesa

3) (in shop) atender
4) (=be useful)

to serve for or as — servir de

it will serve — servirá para el caso

it serves to show that ... — sirve para demostrar que ...

5) (Tennis) sacar
3.
N (Tennis etc) servicio m , saque m

whose serve is it? — ¿quién saca?, ¿de quién es el servicio?

he has a strong serve — tiene un servicio or saque muy fuerte

* * *

I
1. [sɜːrv, sɜːv]
transitive verb
1) (work for) \<\<God/monarch/party\>\> servir* a
2) (help, be useful to) servir*

if (my) memory serves me correctly — si la memoria me es fiel, si la memoria no me falla

it serves no useful purpose — no sirve para nada (útil)

to serve somebody right — (colloq)

it serves her right! — se lo merece!, lo tiene bien merecido!, le está bien empleado! (Esp)

3)
a) (Culin) \<\<food/drink\>\> servir*

serves four — (in recipe) para cuatro personas; (on packet) cuatro raciones or porciones

dinner is served — (frml) la cena está servida

b) (in shop) (BrE) atender*

are you being served? — ¿lo atienden?

4) (Transp)

the bus route serving Newtown — el servicio or la línea de autobuses que va a Newtown

Riem airport serves Munich — Riem es el aeropuerto de Munich

5) (Law) \<\<summons/notice/order\>\> entregar*, hacer* entrega de

to serve something on somebody to serve somebody with something: they served a summons on all the directors todos los directivos recibieron una citación judicial; she was served with divorce papers — recibió notificación de la demanda de divorcio

6) (complete) \<\<apprenticeship\>\> hacer*; \<\<sentence\>\> cumplir

2.
vi
1)
a) (be servant) (liter) servir*
b) (in shop) (BrE) atender*
c) (distribute food) servir*
2) (spend time, do duty)

to serve in the army — servir* en el ejército

to serve on a committee — integrar una comisión, ser* miembro de una comisión

3) (have effect, function)

to serve to + INF — servir* para + inf

it only served to heighten tension — sólo sirvió para aumentar la tensión

let this serve as a warning — que esto te (or les etc) sirva de advertencia

4) (Sport) sacar*, servir*
Phrasal Verbs:

II
noun servicio m, saque m

English-spanish dictionary. 2013.

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  • serve — late 12c., to render habitual obedience to, from O.Fr. servir to serve, from L. servire to serve, originally be a slave, related to servus slave, perhaps from an Etruscan word (Cf. Etruscan proper names Servi, Serve). Meaning to attend to (a… …   Etymology dictionary

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