1 [mass noun] the action of helping or doing work for someone:millions are involved in voluntary service [count noun] an act of assistance:he has done us a great service he volunteered his services as a driver assistance or advice given to customers during and after the sale of goods:they aim to provide better quality of service the action of serving food and drinks to customers:they complained of poor bar service a period of employment with a company or organization:he retired after 40 years' service employment as a servant:the pitifully low wages gained from domestic service the use which can be made of a machine:the computer should provide good service for years 2a system supplying a public need such as transport, communications, or utilities such as electricity and water:a regular bus service a public department or organization run by the state:the probation service
) the armed forces: (as modifier service)service personnel
) British an area with parking beside a major road supplying petrol, refreshments, and other amenities to motorists.
3a ceremony of religious worship according to a prescribed form:a funeral service 4a periodic routine inspection and maintenance of a vehicle or other machine:he took his car in for a service 5 [with modifier] a set of matching crockery used for serving a particular meal:a dinner service 6 [mass noun] (in tennis and other racket sports) the action or right of serving to begin play.
7 [mass noun] Law the formal delivery of a document such as a writ or summons. 1perform routine maintenance or repair work on (a vehicle or machine):ensure that gas appliances are serviced regularly supply and maintain systems for public utilities and transport and communications in (an area):the village is small and well serviced perform a service or services for (someone):her life is devoted to servicing others pay interest on (a debt):taxpayers are paying $250 million just to service that debt
2(of a male animal) mate with (a female animal): one dog could presumably service several bitches in a day vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
1in or available for use: the plane is the most advanced fighter in service today 2 dated employed as a servant: poor children worked in service