be of service

service

1 [sur-vis]
noun
1.
an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.
2.
the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.
3.
the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.: The manufacturer guarantees service and parts.
4.
the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public: a television repair service.
5.
the supplying or a supplier of public communication and transportation: telephone service; bus service.
6.
the performance of duties or the duties performed as or by a waiter or servant; occupation or employment as a waiter or servant.
7.
employment in any duties or work for a person, organization, government, etc.
8.
a department of public employment, an administrative division of a government, or the body of public servants in it: the diplomatic service.
9.
the duty or work of public servants.
10.
the serving of a sovereign, state, or government in some official capacity.
11.
Military.
a.
the armed forces: in the service.
b.
a branch of the armed forces, as the army or navy: Which service were you in during the war?
12.
Ordnance. the actions required in loading and firing a cannon: service of the piece.
13.
Often, services. the performance of any duties or work for another; helpful or professional activity: medical services.
14.
something made or done by a commercial organization for the public benefit and without regard to direct profit: Certain books are published at a loss as a public service.
15.
Also called divine service. public religious worship according to prescribed form and order.
16.
a ritual or form prescribed for public worship or for some particular occasion: the marriage service.
17.
the serving of God by obedience, piety, etc.: voluntary service.
18.
a musical setting of the sung portions of a liturgy.
19.
a set of dishes, utensils, etc., for general table use or for particular use: a tea service; service for eight.
21.
Law. the serving of a process or writ upon a person.
22.
Nautical. tarred spun yarn or other small stuff for covering the exterior of a rope.
23.
a.
the act or manner of putting the ball or shuttlecock into play; serve.
b.
the ball or shuttlecock as put into play.
24.
the mating of a female animal with the male.
adjective
25.
of service; useful.
26.
of, pertaining to, or used by servants, delivery people, etc., or in serving food: service stairs; the service pieces in a set of dishes.
27.
supplying aids or services rather than products or goods: Medicine is one of the service professions.
28.
supplying maintenance and repair: He operates a service center for electrical appliances.
29.
of, for, or pertaining to the armed forces of a country or one of them: a service academy.
30.
charged for providing service: a service fee of 15 percent on the restaurant check.
31.
providing, authorizing, or guaranteeing service: a service industry; a service contract.
verb (used with object), serviced, servicing.
32.
to make fit for use; repair; restore to condition for service: to service an automobile.
33.
to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.
34.
(of a male animal) to mate with (a female animal).
35.
Finance. to pay off (a debt) over a period of time, as by meeting periodic interest payments.
Idioms
36.
at someone's service, ready to be of help or use to someone; at one's disposal: You will have an English-speaking guide at your service.
37.
be of service, to be helpful or useful: If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English (noun) < Old French < Latin servitium servitude, equivalent to serv(us) slave + -itium -ice; replacing Middle English servise, late Old English serfise ceremony < Old French servise, variant of service

unserviced, adjective
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service1 (ˈsɜːvɪs)
 
n
1.  an act of help or assistance
2.  an organized system of labour and material aids used to supply the needs of the public: telephone service; bus service
3.  the supply, installation, or maintenance of goods carried out by a dealer
4.  the state of availability for use by the public (esp in the phrases into or out of service)
5.  a periodic overhaul made on a car, machine, etc
6.  the act or manner of serving guests, customers, etc, in a shop, hotel, restaurant, etc
7.  a department of public employment and its employees: civil service
8.  employment in or performance of work for another: he has been in the service of our firm for ten years
9.  the work of a public servant
10.  a.  one of the branches of the armed forces
 b.  (as modifier): service life
11.  the state, position, or duties of a domestic servant (esp in the phrase in service)
12.  the act or manner of serving food
13.  a complete set of dishes, cups, etc, for use at table
14.  public worship carried out according to certain prescribed forms: divine service
15.  the prescribed form according to which a specific kind of religious ceremony is to be carried out: the burial service
16.  a unified collection of musical settings of the canticles and other liturgical items prescribed by the Book of Common Prayer as used in the Church of England
17.  sport
 a.  the act, manner, or right of serving a ball
 b.  Often shortened to: serve the game in which a particular player serves: he has lost his service
18.  (in feudal law) the duty owed by a tenant to his lord
19.  the serving of a writ, summons, etc, upon a person
20.  nautical a length of tarred marline or small stuff used in serving
21.  (of male animals) the act of mating
22.  (modifier) of, relating to, or for the use of servants or employees
23.  (modifier) serving the public rather than producing goods
 
vb
24.  to provide service or services
25.  to make fit for use
26.  to supply with assistance
27.  to overhaul (a car, machine, etc)
28.  (of a male animal) to mate with (a female)
29.  (Brit) to meet interest and capital payments on (debt)
 
[C12 servise, from Old French, from Latin servitium condition of a slave, from servus a slave]

service2 (ˈsɜːvɪs)
 
n
See service tree

Service ('sɜːvɪs)
 
n
Robert (William). 1874--1958, Canadian poet, born in England; noted for his ballad-like poems of gold-rush era Yukon, such as 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew'; his books include Songs of a Sourdough (1907)

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service
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-15c. Serving "a helping of food" is from 1769. Serviceable "ready to serve" is from early 14c.
Edgar: I know thee well: a serviceable villain,
As duteous to the vices of thy mistress
As badness would desire.
"King Lear," Act IV, Scene vi

service
1893, "to provide with service," from 'service (n.). Meaning "perform work on" first recorded 1926.
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