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subserve

[suh b-surv] /səbˈsɜrv/
verb (used with object), subserved, subserving.
1.
to be useful or instrumental in promoting (a purpose, action, etc.):
Light exercise subserves digestion.
2.
Obsolete. to serve as a subordinate.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin subservīre, equivalent to sub- sub- + servīre to serve
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subserve

/səbˈsɜːv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to be helpful or useful to
2.
(obsolete) to be subordinate to
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subservīre to be subject to, from sub- + servīre to serve
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