Definition of server noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvər//
    Restaurant people, Tennis, Dining out
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  1. 1 (computing) a computer program that controls or supplies information to several computers connected in a network; the main computer on which this program is run see also proxy server CollocationsEmail and the InternetEmail receive/​get/​open an email write/​send/​answer/​forward/​delete an email check/​read/​access your email block/​filter (out) junk/​spam/​unsolicited email exchange email addresses open/​check your inbox junk mail fills/​floods/​clogs your inbox have/​set up an email account open/​send/​contain an attachment sign up for/​receive email alertsConnecting to the Internet use/​access/​log onto the Internet/​the Web go online/​on the Internet have a high-speed/​dial-up/​broadband/​wireless (Internet) connection access/​connect to/​locate the server use/​open/​close/​launch a/​your web browser browse/​surf/​search/​scour the Internet/​the Web send/​contain/​spread/​detect a(n) (computer/​email) virus update your anti-virus software install/​use/​configure a firewall accept/​enable/​block/​delete cookiesUsing the Internet visit/​check a website/​an Internet site/​somebody’s blog create/​design/​launch a website/​social networking site start/​write/​post/​read a blog update your blog/​a website be in/​meet somebody in/​go into/​enter an Internet chat room download/​upload music/​software/​a song/​a podcast/​a file/​a copy of something share information/​data/​files post a comment/​message on a(n) website/​online message board/​web forum/​Internet chat room stream video/​audio/​music/​content over the Internet join/​participate in/​visit/​provide a(n) (web-based/​web/​online/​Internet/​discussion) forum generate/​increase/​monitor Internet traffic
  2. 2(sport) a player who is serving, for example in tennis See related entries: Tennis
  3. 3 [usually plural] a kitchen utensil (= tool) used for putting food onto somebody’s plate salad servers
  4. 4(North American English) a person who serves food in a restaurant; a waiter or waitress See related entries: Restaurant people, Dining out
  5. 5 a person who helps a priest during a church service
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: server