subserve

subserve

[suhb-surv]
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:
1610–20; < Latin subservīre, equivalent to sub- sub- + servīre to serve

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subserve (səbˈsɜːv)
 
vb
1.  to be helpful or useful to
2.  obsolete to be subordinate to
 
[C17: from Latin subservīre to be subject to, from sub- + servīre to serve]

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