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noun British English pronunciation: service /ˈsɜː(r)vɪs/ 
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pluralservices
  1. 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 childminder for the day.

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

      a shop with a reputation for excellent customer service

      the standard/level/quality of service:

      We must raise the quality of service to our customers.

  2. 5
    [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.

  3. 7
    [uncountable] the use and benefit that an object provides you with

    This old van has given us years of service.

  4. 10
    [countable] a religious ceremony

    a church/marriage/funeral/memorial service

  5. 13
    [uncountable] old-fashioned employment as a servant in someone's house
    be in/go into service (=be/become a servant):

    Her family had been in service for seven generations.

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