service

If you perform duties that help someone else, you're providing a service. If you make dinner for your neighbor's children while she's in the hospital, you're doing a good service.

Service has many uses, all having to do with serving someone, or doing something for them. In a restaurant the waiter provides service, and if you do something nice for someone, you've done him a good service. If you're in someone's service that means you work for her. Service can also mean a verb meaning "to fix," like when the maintenance whiz services the photocopier, or the mechanic services your car. In church, a ceremony is also called a service.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: service

1
n
an act of help or assistance
2
nv
a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
be used by; as of a utility
3
nv
the act of mating by male animals
mate with
4
nv
periodic maintenance on a car or machine
make fit for use
5
n
the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
6
n
(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
7
n
tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
8
n
a force that is a branch of the armed forces
9
n
the act of public worship following prescribed rules
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: service
1

n an act of help or assistance

“he did them a service
Antonyms:
disservice, ill service, ill turn
an act intended to help that turns out badly
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
child care, childcare
a service involving care for other people's children
community service
an unpaid service for the benefit of the public that is performed by lawbreakers as part (or all) of their sentence
community service, public service
a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
help desk, helpdesk
a service that provides information and assistance to the users of a computer network
seating
the service of ushering people to their seats
day care, daycare
childcare during the day while parents work
Type of:
aid, assist, assistance, help
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

n work done by one person or group that benefits another

“budget separately for goods and services
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
consulting service
service provided by a professional advisor (e.g., a lawyer or doctor or CPA etc.)
facility
a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you
national service
compulsory service in the military during peacetime
utility
the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
advisory service
a consulting service in which a CPA develops findings and conclusions and recommendations that are presented to the client for consideration and decision making
attestation report, attestation service
a consulting service in which a CPA expresses a conclusion about the reliability of a written statement that is the responsibility of someone else
Type of:
work
activity directed toward making or doing something

n a means of serving

Synonyms:
avail, help
Type of:
helpfulness
the property of providing useful assistance

n employment in or work for another

“he retired after 30 years of service
Type of:
employment, work
the occupation for which you are paid

n the performance of duties by a waiter or servant

“that restaurant has excellent service
Types:
curb service
service provided to customers who remain in their vehicles
self-service
the practice of serving yourself (as in a grocery or cafeteria)
valet parking
a service provided (at a club or restaurant or airport etc.) whereby a patron leaves a car at the entrance and an attendant parks and retrieves it
Type of:
accommodation
the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need

n (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

Types:
socage
land tenure by agricultural service or payment of rent; not burdened with military service
military service
land tenure by service in the lord's army
knight's service
land tenure by service to the lord as a knight
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior
2

n a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation, utility
a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
phone company, phone service, telco, telephone company, telephone service
a public utility that provides telephone service
electric company, light company, power company, power service
a public utility that provides electricity
water company, waterworks
a public utility that provides water
gas company, gas service
a public utility that provides gas
bus company, bus service
a public utility providing local transportation
Type of:
company
an institution created to conduct business

v be used by; as of a utility

Synonyms:
serve
function, serve
serve a purpose, role, or function
Type of:
function, go, operate, run, work
perform as expected when applied
3

n the act of mating by male animals

“the bull was worth good money in servicing fees”
Synonyms:
servicing
Type of:
conjugation, coupling, mating, pairing, sexual union, union
the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

v mate with

Synonyms:
serve
Types:
stand
be available for stud services
Type of:
copulate, couple, mate, pair
engage in sexual intercourse
4

n periodic maintenance on a car or machine

Synonyms:
inspection and repair, overhaul
Types:
interim overhaul
an overhaul between the regular times for overhauling
Type of:
care, maintenance, upkeep
activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

v make fit for use

service my truck”
“the washing machine needs to be serviced
Type of:
tune, tune up
adjust for (better) functioning
5

n the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone

“he accepted service of the subpoena”
Synonyms:
service of process, serving
Type of:
bringing, delivery
the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)
6

n (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

Synonyms:
serve
Types:
show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
ace
a serve that the receiver is unable to reach
fault
(sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
let, net ball
a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again
double fault
(tennis) two successive faults in serving resulting in the loss of the point
footfault
a fault that occurs when the server in tennis fails to keep both feet behind the baseline
Type of:
tennis shot, tennis stroke
the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
7

n tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table

Synonyms:
table service
Types:
dinner service, dinner set
a table service for serving dinner
place setting, setting
a table service for one person
Type of:
tableware
articles for use at the table (dishes and silverware and glassware)
8

n a force that is a branch of the armed forces

Synonyms:
armed service, military service
Types:
show 15 types...
hide 15 types...
army, ground forces, regular army
a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
naval forces, navy
an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
coastguard
a military service responsible for the safety of maritime traffic in coastal waters
Marines
members of a body of troops trained to serve on land or at sea
air force, airforce
the airborne branch of a country's armed forces
host, legion
archaic terms for army
U. S. Coast Guard, US Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard
an agency of the Department of Transportation responsible for patrolling shores and facilitating nautical commerce
Marine Corps, US Marine Corps, USMC, United States Marine Corps, United States Marines
an amphibious division of the United States Navy
Air Corps
formerly the airborne division of the United States Army
RAF, Royal Air Force
the airforce of Great Britain
German Luftwaffe, Luftwaffe
the German airforce
standing army
a permanent army of paid soldiers
Union Army
the northern army during the American Civil War
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army
the southern army during the American Civil War
Continental Army
the American army during the American Revolution
Type of:
force, personnel
group of people willing to obey orders
9

n the act of public worship following prescribed rules

“the Sunday service
Synonyms:
divine service, religious service
Types:
show 9 types...
hide 9 types...
church, church service
a service conducted in a house of worship
devotional
a short religious service
prayer meeting, prayer service
a service at which people sing hymns and pray together
chapel, chapel service
a service conducted in a place of worship that has its own altar
committal service
service committing a body to the grave
none
a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM (the ninth hour counting from sunrise) but now somewhat earlier
vesper
a late afternoon or evening worship service
watch night
a devotional service (especially on New Year's Eve)
placebo
(Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead
Type of:
religious ceremony, religious ritual
a ceremony having religious meaning
WORD FAMILY
USAGE EXAMPLES