service - definition and synonyms


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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 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.

  3. 3
    [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 aim to provide a first-class service.

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

    This old van has given us years of service.

  7. 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.

  8. 9
    [countable] an occasion when a vehicle or machine is examined to check that it works correctly and to make repairs

    I need to take the car in for a service.

  9. 11
    [countable] a hit of a ball that starts the play in a game such as tennis
  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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