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noun service pronunciation in American English /ˈsɜrvɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a system provided by a government or official organization for the needs of the public

    the police/ambulance service

    See also health service
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] help that you give to someone, especially by using your skills, ability, or knowledge
    do someone a service:

    You’ll be doing me a service by just staying out of my way.

    need the services of someone:

    To achieve the best results you need the services of a designer.

    offer your services as something:

    Sarah offered her services as a babysitter for the day.

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    1. a.
      [uncountable] help and advice given to customers in a store, hotel, or business

      a store with a reputation for excellent customer service

      the standard/level/quality of service:

      We must raise the quality of service to our customers.

  3. 4
    [countable/uncountable] work or duties done for a person or an organization

    Jack had given 25 years of loyal service.

    She was praised for her services to the community.

    voluntary service:

    He was finally rewarded for his many years of outstanding voluntary service.

  4. 5
    [countable] a business or organization that earns money by providing help, information, or advice for the public
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] work, help, or advice provided by a business or organization for the public
      provide a service:

      We strive to provide a first-class service.

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  5. 7
    [countable/uncountable] mainly British a service charge in a restaurant
  6. 8
    [uncountable] the use and benefit that an object provides you with

    This old van has given us years of service.

  7. 9
    [uncountable] regular examination of a vehicle or machine to make sure that it works correctly and make repairs

    I need to take my truck in for service.

    1. a.
      an occasion when a vehicle or machine is examined to check that it works correctly and to make repairs

      When was the last time your car had a service?

  8. 10
    [countable] a bus, train, ship, or plane that goes regularly to a particular place or at a particular time

    The 10:17 service to White Plains has been canceled again.

  9. 12
    [countable] a hit of a ball that starts the play in a game such as tennis
  10. 14
    [uncountable] legal the action of officially giving someone a legal document that orders them to do something
    service of:

    the service of a summons/writ

  11. 15
    [uncountable] old-fashioned employment as a servant in someone’s house

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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