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noun service pronunciation in British English /ˈsɜː(r)vɪs/
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  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.
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    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. 3
    [countable] a business or organization that earns money by providing help, information, or advice for the public
    financial/banking services
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] work, help, or advice provided by a business or organization for the public
      provide a service: We aim to provide a first-class service.
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  3. 4
    [countable] an organization that does work for a government
    the prison/diplomatic service
  4. 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.
  5. 7
    [uncountable] the use and benefit that an object provides you with
    This old van has given us years of service.
  6. 8
    [countable] a bus, train, ship, or plane that goes regularly to a particular place or at a particular time
    The Hastings service leaves from Platform 4.
  7. 10
    [countable] a religious ceremony
    a church/marriage/funeral/memorial service
  8. 12

    the services

    the armed forces
    1. a.
      [uncountable] duties performed as a member of the armed forces, especially during a war
      see (=perform) service: Tony saw service during the Gulf War.
  9. 13
    [uncountable] old-fashioned employment as a servant in someones house
    be in/go into service (=be/become a servant): Her family had been in service for seven generations.
  10. 15
    [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


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