[sɜ:v, Am sɜ:rv] n
(in tennis, etc) Aufschlag m; (in volleyball) Angabe f vt
1) (in hotel, restaurant, shop)
to \serve sb jdn bedienen;
are you being \served, madam? werden Sie schon bedient, gnädige Frau?
2) (present food, drink)
to \serve sth etw servieren [o (geh) auftragen]; (make ready to eat) etw anrichten;
what's a good wine to \serve with this dish? welchen Wein kann man zu diesem Gericht reichen?;
dinner is \served es ist angerichtet;
to \serve alcohol Alkohol ausschenken;
to \serve a meal ein Essen servieren
3) (be enough for)
to \serve sb für jdn reichen;
all recipes will \serve 4 to 5 people alle Rezepte ergeben 4 bis 5 Portionen
4) (work for)
to \serve sth etw dat dienen;
(stronger) etw dat treue Dienste erweisen;
she \served the church faithfully for many years sie war jahrelang im Dienst der Kirche aktiv;
to \serve sb's interests jds Interessen dienen;
to \serve the public im Dienste der Öffentlichkeit stehen
5) (complete due period)
to \serve sth etw ableisten;
to \serve one's apprenticeship seine Lehrzeit absolvieren;
to \serve five years as president eine fünfjährige Amtszeit als Präsident/Präsidentin durchlaufen;
to \serve a prison sentence eine Haftstrafe absitzen (fam)
to \serve terms in office Amtszeiten fpl durchlaufen
6) (provide for)
to \serve sth etw versorgen
7) (perform a function)
to \serve a purpose einen Zweck erfüllen;
this does not \serve any useful purpose das hat keinen praktischen Wert;
if my memory \serves me right wenn ich mich recht erinnere
8) sports
to \serve the ball Aufschlag haben;
(in volleyball) Angabe haben
9) law (formally deliver)
to \serve sb with sth;
to \serve sth on [or upon] sb jdm etw zustellen;
to \serve sb with papers jdm Papiere zustellen;
to \serve sb with a subpoena [or summons] [or writ] law jdn vorladen
to \serve time [for sth] (fam) eine Haftstrafe [wegen einer S. gen] absitzen (fam)
this \serves him right (fam) das geschieht ihm recht vi
1) (provide food, drink) servieren;
\serve hot or cold kalt oder warm servieren
2) (work for) dienen;
to \serve as sth als etw fungieren;
she \served as an interpreter sie fungierte als Dolmetscherin;
to \serve on sth etw dat angehören;
to \serve in the army in der Armee dienen;
to \serve on a committee einem Ausschuss angehören;
to \serve on the council im Stadtrat sein;
to \serve on a jury Geschworene(r) f(m) sein
3) (function)
to \serve as [or for] sth als etw dienen;
are these boxes sturdy enough to \serve as tables? sind diese Kisten stabil genug, um als Tische zu dienen?;
to \serve as a reminder/warning als Erinnerung/Mahnung dienen
4) (be acceptable) seinen Zweck erfüllen, gehen (fam) (suffice) genügen;
(be of use) helfen;
this old penknife will \serve dieses alte Taschenmesser tut's (fam)
5) (in tennis, etc.) aufschlagen;
(in volleyball) angeben

English-German students dictionary . 2013.

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