Middle English , from servise Old French ( servise French ), from the verb service , from servir Latin (compare servitium Portuguese , serviço Italian , servizio Norman , sèrvice Spanish ), from servicio servus ( " servant; serf; slave " ). Displaced the native Old English .
service ( , countable and uncountable plural )
act of being of assistance to someone.
I say I did him a service by ending our relationship - now he can freely pursue his career.
1794, Robert Southey, , London: Printed [by J. M'Creery] for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Wat Tyler. A Dramatic Poem. In Three Acts [ ... ] , published 1817, , Act I, OCLC 362102 page 7: The Parliament for ever cries more money, / The / Just heaven! of what service of the state demands more money. service is the state? 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in : Mr. Pratt's Patients Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.
( economics ) The practice of providing such a service as economic activity.
Hair care is a service industry. 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, " The tao of tech", in , volume 189, number 2, page 27: The Guardian Weekly The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you "stay up to date with what your friends are doing",[...]and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention. A department in a company, an organization, a government department, etc.
( computing ) A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
This machine provides the name service for the LAN. The state of being
subordinate to or employed by an individual or group
Lancelot was at the service of King Arthur. The
I did three years in the service before coming here.
A set of dishes or utensils.
She brought out the silver tea service.
( sports ) The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.
The player had four service faults in the set. A religious
rite or ritual.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in : The Mirror and the Lamp Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands. The funeral service was touching.
( law ) The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
1668 July 3, James Dalrymple, "Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houstoun" in The Decisions of the Lords of Council & Session I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548:
He Suspends on these Reasons, that Thomas Rue had granted a general Discharge to Adam Mushet, who was his Conjunct, and correus debendi, after the alleadged Service, which Discharged Mushet, and consequently Houstoun his Partner. The service happened yesterday.
( Israel , West Bank , also in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria ) A taxi shared among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities. A
musical composition for use in churches.
( obsolete ) Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], " The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight", in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene i]: OCLC 606515358 Pray, do my service to his majesty. ( nautical ) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., such as spun yarn and small lines.
In British English, the indefinite article "a" is often used with "good service", as in "
A good service is operating on all London Underground lines", whereas this is not used in American English.
( action or work that is produced and consumed ) : good capital
act of being of assistance to someone
practice of providing services as economic activity
diens (af) Albanian:
shërbim (sq) Arabic:
f ( ?idma ), ? f ( ?idma ) Armenian:
(hy) ( ca?ayut?yun ) Azerbaijani:
xidm?t (az) Belarusian:
? f ( slú?ba ), n ( absluhó?vannje ), ? m ( sjérvis ) Bulgarian:
? (bg) f ( slú?ba ) Catalan:
servei (ca) m Chinese:
Mandarin: , (zh) (zh) ( fúwù ) Czech:
práce (cs) , f slu?ba (cs) f Dutch:
dienst (nl) , m bediening (nl) f Esperanto:
palvelu (fi) French:
service (fr) m Galician:
servizo m Georgian:
? (ka) ( servisi ), ( momsaxureba ), ( samsaxuri ) German:
Dienstleistung (de) f Greek:
(el) f ( ypiresía )
Ancient: f ( diakonía ) Hebrew:
m ( sheirút ) Hindi:
? (hi) m ( sev? ), (hi) ( sarvis ) Hungarian:
szolgálat , (hu) szolgáltatás , (hu) , üzemelés m?ködés , (hu) járat , (hu) kiszolgálás , (hu) felszolgálás Indonesian:
jawa (id) Interlingua:
servicio m Irish:
feidhmeannas m Italian:
servizio (it) m Japanese: (ja) ( , fukumu ), ? (ja) ( s?bisu )
? ( se?vie ) Korean:
(ko) ( bongsa ), (ko) ( seobiseu ), (ko) ( yong-yeok ), (ko) ( bongmu ), Kurdish:
Sorani: (ku) ( xizmet ) Lao:
? ( b? ri k?n ), ? ( b? li k?n ) Latin:
prodessendum n Latvian:
dienests m Lithuanian:
tarnyba (lt) ? Macedonian:
f ( slu?ba ) Maori:
(mn) ( üjl?ilgee ), f ( slu?ba ) Malay:
, khidmat perkhidmatan , (ms) servis Norwegian:
tjeneste Nynorsk: teneste Persian:
(fa) ( servis ), ? (fa) ( xedmat ) Polish:
us?ugiwanie , n us?uga (pl) , f serwis (pl) , m s?u?ba (pl) f Portuguese:
serviço (pt) m Romanian:
serviciu (ro) n Russian:
? (ru) f ( slú?ba ), ? (ru) n ( obslú?ivanije ), ? (ru) m ( srvis ) Scottish Gaelic:
seirbheis f Serbo-Croatian:
, f m Roman: slu?ba (sh) , f servis (sh) m Slovak:
obsluha , f slu?ba f Slovene:
slu?ba f Spanish:
servicio (es) m Swahili:
huduma (sw) Swedish:
tjänst (sv) c Telugu:
(te) ( s?va ) Thai:
( gaan borrígaan ), (th) ( b-rí-gaan ) Turkish:
hizmet (tr) Ukrainian:
? (uk) f ( slú?ba ), (uk) n ( obsluhóvuvannja ), ? (uk) m ( sérvis ) Urdu:
? ( sarvis ) Uyghur:
armiye türi Vietnamese:
ph?c v? (vi) Welsh:
gweinidogaeth (cy) f Yiddish: m ( dinst )
department in a company, etc.
computing: function provided by one program or machine for another
state of being subordinate or employed
set of dishes or utensils
sports: act of initially serving the ball
legal: delivery of a summons or writ
musical composition for use in churches
profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed
nautical: materials used for serving a rope
service ( third-person singular simple present , services present participle , servicing simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To serve.
They service the customer base.
( transitive ) To perform maintenance.
He is going to service the car.
( transitive , agriculture , euphemistic ) To inseminate through sexual intercourse ( transitive , vulgar ) To perform a sexual act.
He was going to service her.
? ( s?bisu ) Korean: ( seobiseu )
service ( plural )
services service tree
service ( f or m plural )
Old French , borrowed from servise Latin (compare servitium Portuguese , serviço Italian , servizio Norman , sèrvice Spanish ), from servicio .
service ( m plural )
( tennis ) service ( Switzerland , in the plural ) cutlery
( Switzerland ) you're welcome
Old French , (compare servise French ), borrowed from service Latin , from servitium .
service ( m plural )
services ( Guernsey ) service
service ( m oblique plural , services nominative singular , services nominative plural )
service Alternative form of servise
service, the level of comfort offered by assistants and servants (the opposite of self-service) maintenance and repair
min bil är inne på service my car is at the workshop