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English noun: service

1. service (act) work done by one person or group that benefits another

SamplesBudget separately for goods and services.

Broader (hypernym)work

Narrower (hyponym)consulting service, facility, national service, utility

2. service (act) an act of help or assistance

SamplesHe did them a service.

Broader (hypernym)aid, assist, assistance, help

Narrower (hyponym)child care, childcare, community service, community service, help desk, helpdesk, public service, seating

Antonymsdisservice, ill service, ill turn

3. service (act) the act of public worship following prescribed rules

SamplesThe Sunday service.

Synonymsdivine service, religious service

Broader (hypernym)religious ceremony, religious ritual

Narrower (hyponym)chapel, chapel service, church, church service, committal service, devotional, none, prayer meeting, prayer service, vesper, watch night

Part holonyminvocation, supplication

4. service (group) a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

Broader (hypernym)company

Narrower (hyponym)public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation, utility

5. service (act) employment in or work for another

SamplesHe retired after 30 years of service.

Broader (hypernym)employment, work

6. service (group) a force that is a branch of the armed forces

Synonymsarmed service, military service

Broader (hypernym)force, personnel

Narrower (hyponym)air force, airforce, army, coastguard, ground forces, Marines, naval forces, navy, regular army

Member holonymforce, military force, military group, military unit

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

7. Service (person) Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)

SynonymsRobert William Service

Instance hypernymauthor, writer

8. service (attribute) a means of serving

SamplesOf no avail.
There's no help for it.

Synonymsavail, help

Broader (hypernym)helpfulness

9. service (artifact) tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table

Synonymstable service

Broader (hypernym)tableware

Narrower (hyponym)dinner service, dinner set, place setting, setting

10. service (act) the act of mating by male animals

SamplesThe bull was worth good money in servicing fees.


Broader (hypernym)conjugation, coupling, mating, pairing, sexual union, union

11. service (act) (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

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)knight's service, military service, socage

Domain categorycase law, common law, precedent

12. service (act) (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

SamplesHis powerful serves won the game.


Broader (hypernym)tennis shot, tennis stroke

Narrower (hyponym)ace, fault, let, net ball

Domain categorybadminton, lawn tennis, squash, squash rackets, squash racquets, tennis

13. service (act) the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone

SamplesHe accepted service of the subpoena.

Synonymsservice of process, serving

Broader (hypernym)bringing, delivery

14. service (act) periodic maintenance on a car or machine

SamplesIt was time for an overhaul on the tractor.

Synonymsinspection and repair, overhaul

Broader (hypernym)care, maintenance, upkeep

Narrower (hyponym)interim overhaul

15. service (act) the performance of duties by a waiter or servant

SamplesThat restaurant has excellent service.

Broader (hypernym)accommodation

Narrower (hyponym)curb service, self-service, valet parking

English verb: service

1. service (social) be used by; as of a utility

SamplesThe sewage plant served the neighboring communities.
The garage served to shelter his horses.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)function, go, operate, run, work

Verb groupfunction, serve

2. service (change) make fit for use

SamplesService my truck.
The washing machine needs to be serviced.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tune, tune up

3. service (contact) mate with

SamplesMale animals serve the females for breeding purposes.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair

Narrower (hyponym)stand

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