service


service
ser|vice1 W1S1 [ˈsə:vıs US ˈsə:r-] n
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1¦(official system/organization)¦
2¦(something provided by a company)¦
3¦(in a shop/restaurant/hotel)¦
4¦(work)¦
5¦(work done for somebody)¦
6¦(duty)¦
7¦(being used)¦
8¦(religious ceremony)¦
9¦(army)¦
10¦(help)¦
11¦(check a car/machine)¦
12¦(tennis/ball game)¦
13¦(on a motorway)¦
14¦(plates/cups etc)¦
15¦(bus/train/plane etc)¦
16 be in service/go into service
17¦(legal document)¦
18 for services rendered
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[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin servitium 'condition of being a slave', from servus; SERVE1]
1.) ¦(OFFICIAL SYSTEM/ORGANIZATION)¦
the official system for providing something, especially something that everyone in a country needs to have, or the official organization that provides it
the health service
the postal service
the police service
the prison service
Workers in the emergency services (=police, hospital, and the fire service) are forbidden from striking.
There has been a decline in public services in recent years.
the essential services (=the police, hospitals, fire service, and organizations that provide basic things such as water, gas, or electricity)
2.) ¦(SOMETHING PROVIDED BY A COMPANY)¦
a particular type of help or work that is provided by a business to customers, but not one that involves producing goods
A wide range of financial services are available.
provide/offer a service
Datapost offers a delivery service to over 160 countries.
Our aim is to provide the best service at the lowest price.
the supply of goods and services
3.) ¦(IN A SHOP/RESTAURANT/HOTEL)¦[U]
the help that people who work in a shop, restaurant, bar etc give you
good/bad/slow etc service
The service was terrible and so was the food.
customer service
At our bank we insist on high standards of customer service .
Service is included in your bill (=the charge for paying the people who serve you is included) .
4.) ¦(WORK)¦[U]
also services
the work that someone does for a person or organization, especially over a long period
20/30 years etc of service
Brian retired after 25 years of service to the company.
a long service award
a career in public service (=work done for the public or the government)
services to sb/sth
(=all the good work you have done for someone or something)
He received an award for services to sport.
5.) ¦(WORK DONE FOR SOMEBODY)¦
services [plural]
skilled work or advice from a particular type of worker who you use to help you do something
sb's services/the services of sb
Lydia obtained the services of a qualified nurse.
sb's services as sth
Why don't you offer your services as a tennis coach?
6.) ¦(DUTY)¦
jury/military/community etc service
something that ordinary people can be asked to do as a public duty or as a punishment
Her attacker was sentenced to 120 hours community service.
7.) ¦(BEING USED)¦[U]
used to talk about whether a piece of equipment, a vehicle etc is available to be used, or how long it can be used
in service
(=being used or available to be used)
These trains have been in service for many years.
out of service
(=not being used or not available to be used)
The escalator is still out of service.
give good/excellent etc service
(=work well and last a long time)
Steel tools can give good service for years.
8.) ¦(RELIGIOUS CEREMONY)¦
a formal religious ceremony, especially in church
hold/conduct a service
The service was held in the chapel.
marriage/funeral/christening etc service
a memorial service for the disaster victims
9.) ¦(ARMY)¦
the services
BrE the service
AmE a country's military forces, especially considered as a job
join/go into the services
Maybe you should join the services.
Her son is in the services .
10.)¦(HELP)¦ [singular, U] formal
help that you give to someone
be at sb's service
(=be available to help someone, or for someone to use)
My secretary is at your service.
be of service (to sb)
(=help someone)
Can I be of any service?
do sb a service
(=do something that will help someone)
He did her a service by telling her the truth.
11.) ¦(CHECK A CAR/MACHINE)¦
an examination and repair of a machine or car to keep it working properly
I'm getting the bus home - my car's in for a service .
12.) ¦(TENNIS/BALL GAME)¦
an act of hitting a ball through the air in order to start a game, especially in tennis
It's your service.
13.) ¦(ON A MOTORWAY)¦
services BrE
a place near a ↑motorway where you can stop and have a meal or drink, or buy food, petrol etc
How far is it to the next services?
14.) ¦(PLATES/CUPS ETC)¦
a set of plates, bowls, cups etc that match each other
15.) ¦(BUS/TRAIN/PLANE ETC)¦ [C usually singular]
BrE a regular journey made by a bus, train, boat etc to a particular place at a particular time
the 8:15 service to Cambridge
16.) be in service/go into service
BrE to be working or start working as a servant in someone's house, especially in the past
17.) ¦(LEGAL DOCUMENT)¦[U] formal
when someone is given a legal document telling them that they must do something or that something is going to happen
the service of a summons
18.) for services rendered
formal for work you have done or help you have given
payment for services rendered
→↑active service, lip service,press sb/sth into service atpress2 (13)
service 2
service2 v [T]
1.) [usually passive]
if someone services a machine or vehicle, they examine it and do what is needed to keep it working well
I'm having the car serviced next week.
→↑servicing
2.) to provide people with something they need or want
schools that service local communities
3.) service a debt/loan
technical to pay the ↑interest on a debt

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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