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a. Work that is done for others as an occupation or business: has done service for us as a consultant.
b. The performance of work or duties for a superior or as a servant: found the butler's service to be excellent.
c. An act or a variety of work done for others, especially for pay: offers a superior service to that of his competitors; provides full catering services.
a. Assistance; help: was of great service to him during his illness.
b. An act of assistance or benefit; a favor: My friend did me a service in fixing the door.
a. The serving of food or the manner in which it is served: The service was good, but the food was lousy.
b. A set of dishes or utensils: a silver tea service.
a. Employment in duties or work for another, as for a government: has been in the company's service for 15 years.
b. A government branch or department and its employees: the diplomatic service.
c. A department or branch of a hospital staff that provides specified patient care: the anesthesiology service.
a. The armed forces of a nation: joined the service right after college.
b. A branch of the armed forces of a nation.
a. The installation, maintenance, or repairs provided or guaranteed by a dealer or manufacturer: a dealer with full parts and service.
b. The provision to the public of something, especially a utility: a town without sewer service.
c. The system or equipment used to provide something to the public: The electrical service was damaged in the storm.
7. Sports
a. The right of serving in many court games.
b. A serve: Her first service hit the net.
8. A religious rite or formal ceremony: held services in the evening; a memorial service.
9. Copulation with a female animal. Used of male animals, especially studs.
10. Law The serving of a legal process, such as a summons or court order.
11. The material, such as cord, used in binding or wrapping rope.
12. An answering service.
tr.v. ser·viced, ser·vic·ing, ser·vic·es
1. To make fit for use; adjust, repair, or maintain: service a car.
2. To provide services to: That cable company services most households in the area.
3. To make interest payments on (a debt).
a. To copulate with (a female animal). Used of a male animal, especially studs.
b. Slang To have sex with.
1. Of or relating to the armed forces of a country.
2. Intended for use in supplying or serving: a service elevator; the service entrance.
3. Offering repairs or maintenance: a service guarantee; a road service area.
4. Offering services to the public in response to need or demand: a service industry.
at (someone's) service
Ready to help or be of use.
be of service
To be ready to help or be useful.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin servitium, slavery, from servus, slave.]
Usage Note: The verb service is used principally in the sense "to repair or maintain": service the washing machine. Exceptions to this usage include specialized senses in finance (service a debt) and animal breeding (service a mare). Serve means "to supply goods or services to," as in One radio network serves three states.


pl n
1. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) work performed for remuneration
2. (Military) the services the armed forces
3. (Economics) (sometimes singular) economics commodities, such as banking, that are mainly intangible and usually consumed concurrently with their production. Compare goods2
4. a system of providing the public with gas, water, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to othersservices - performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others; "the mayor tried to maintain city services"; "the medical services are excellent"
employment, work - the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one


n. servicios;
emergency ______ de emergencia;
extended care facility ______ de cuidado o atención extendida;
preventive health ______ de salud preventiva.
References in classic literature ?
Your pardons, Senors," he began, "but if it will please you to avail yourself of the humble services of myself, I shall have great pleasure in guiding you into the interior.
He had a good baritone voice and always led the singing when we went to church services at the sod schoolhouse.
A few families, united to him by bonds of friendship, he still attended when they required the services of a physician.
Munro has promised you a gift for your services when performed, and I shall be your debtor for another.
The little circlet of the schoolboy's copper coin--dim and lustreless though it was, with the small services which it had been doing here and there about the world --had proved a talisman, fragrant with good, and deserving to be set in gold and worn next her heart.
It was well for their venerable brotherhood that the new Surveyor was not a politician, and though a faithful Democrat in principle, neither received nor held his office with any reference to political services.
How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays; gathering grapes for them from the wild vines that overran the surrounding trees; reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or sauntering, with a whole bevy of them, along the banks of the adjacent mill-pond; while the more bashful country bumpkins hung sheepishly back, envying his superior elegance and address.
Just how things happened after that Marija was not sure, but that afternoon the forelady told her that her services would not be any longer required.
is it fair for you to expect of us services which your own brave, honorable heart would not allow you to render, were you in our place?
I wondered that it should have concluded at length that this was the best use it could put me to, and had never thought to avail itself of my services in some way.
These are the terms, to wit: You shall remain king over all your dominions, and receive all the glories and honors that belong to the kingship; but you shall appoint me your perpetual minister and executive, and give me for my services one per cent.
We arrived in time to furbish up and get to the English church before services began.

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