A n Sport service m ; it's my serve à moi de servir ; to have a big serve avoir un très bon service.
B vtr
1 (work for) servir [God, King, country, community, cause, ideal, public, company] ; travailler au service de [employer, family] ; to serve sb/sth well rendre de grands services à qn/qch ; to serve two masters fig servir deux maîtres à la fois ;
2 (attend to customers) servir ; are you being serveed? on vous sert? ;
3 Culin servir [client, guest, meal, dish] ; to serve sb with sth servir qch à qn ; let me serve you some beef laissez-moi vous servir du bœuf ; lunch is served le déjeuner est servi ; we can't serve them chicken again! nous ne pouvons pas leur resservir du poulet! ; serve it with a salad servez-le avec une salade ; serve hot servir chaud ; serves four (in recipe) pour quatre personnes ;
4 (provide facility) [public utility, power station, reservoir] alimenter ; [public transport, library, hospital] desservir [area, community] ; the area is well/poorly served with transport la région est bien/mal desservie par les transports ; the area is well served with shops le quartier est très commerçant ;
5 (satisfy) servir [interests] ; satisfaire [needs] ;
6 (function) être utile à ; this old pen/my sense of direction has served me well ce vieux stylo/mon sens de l'orientation m'a été très utile ; he has been badly served by his advisers ses conseillers ne lui ont pas été très utiles ; if my memory serves me well si j'ai bonne mémoire ; to serve sb as sth servir de qch à qn ; the table serves me as a desk la table me sert de bureau ; to serve a purpose ou function être utile ; to serve no useful purpose ne servir à rien ; what purpose is served by separating them? à quoi sert de les séparer? ; having served its purpose, the committee was disbanded ayant rempli son rôle, la commission a été dissoute ; to serve the ou sb's purpose faire l'affaire ; this map will serve the ou my purpose cette carte fera l'affaire ;
7 (spend time) to serve a term Pol remplir un mandat ; to serve one's time (in army) faire son temps de service ; (in prison) purger sa peine ; to serve a sentence purger une peine (de prison) ; to serve five years faire cinq ans de prison ;
8 Jur délivrer [injunction] (on sb à qn) ; to serve a writ signifier une assignation ; to serve a writ on sb, to serve sb with a writ assigner qn en justice ; to serve a summons signifier une citation ; to serve a summons on sb, to serve sb with a summons citer qn à comparaître ; to serve notice of sth on sb Jur, fig signifier qch à qn ;
9 Sport servir [ball, ace] ;
10 (mate with) couvrir, saillir [cow, mare].
C vi
1 (in shop, church) servir ; (at table) faire le service ;
2 (on committee, in government) exercer ses fonctions (as de) ; members serve for two years les membres exercent leurs fonctions pendant deux ans ; she's serving as general secretary elle exerce la fonction or les fonctions de secrétaire général ; to serve on être membre de [committee, board, jury] ;
3 Mil servir (as comme ; under sous) ; to serve in ou with a regiment servir dans un régiment ; I served with him j'étais dans l'armée avec lui ;
4 (meet a need) faire l'affaire ; any excuse will serve n'importe quelle excuse fera l'affaire ; to serve as sth servir de qch ; this room serves as a spare bedroom cette pièce sert de chambre d'ami ; this should serve as a warning cela devrait nous servir d'avertissement ; the photo served as a reminder to me of the holidays la photo me rappelait les vacances ; to serve to do servir à faire ; it serves to show that… cela sert à montrer que… ;
5 Sport servir (for pour) ; Conti to serve au service, Conti.
it serves you right! ça t'apprendra! ; it serves him right for being so careless! ça lui apprendra à être si négligent!
Phrasal verbs
serve out :
serve out [sth], serve [sth] out
1 Culin servir [meal, food] (to à) ; distribuer [rations, provisions] ;
2 (finish) finir [term of duty] ; purger [prison sentence].
serve up Culin servir ;
serve up [sth], serve [sth] up
1 Culin servir ; to serve sth up again resservir qch ;
2 fig, pej resservir [fashion, idea, programme, policy] ; donner [excuse].

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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