Definition of


  1. (noun, act) work done by one person or group that benefits another
  2. (noun, act) an act of help or assistance
  3. (noun, act) the act of public worship following prescribed rules
  4. (noun, group) a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  5. (noun, act) employment in or work for another
  6. (noun, group) a force that is a branch of the armed forces
  7. (noun, person) Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)
  8. (noun, attribute) a means of serving
    there's no help for it
  9. (noun, artifact) tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
  10. (noun, act) the act of mating by male animals
  11. (noun, act) (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
  12. (noun, act) (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
  13. (noun, act) the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
  14. (noun, act) periodic maintenance on a car or machine
  15. (noun, act) the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
  16. (verb, social) be used by; as of a utility
    The garage served to shelter his horses
  17. (verb, change) make fit for use
    the washing machine needs to be serviced
  18. (verb, contact) mate with

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Service


Origin of the word Service

  1. c.1100, "celebration of public worship," from O.Fr. servise, from L. servitium "slavery, servitude," from servus "slave" (see serve). Meaning "act of serving" is attested from 1230. Sense of "duty of a military man" first recorded 1580s, hence "the military as an occupation" (1706). Meaning "the furniture of the table" (tea service, etc.) is from mid… more
  2. 1893, "to provide with service," from service (n.). Meaning "perform work on" first recorded 1926. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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