Definition of service verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    service

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they service
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvɪs//
     
    he / she / it services
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvɪsɪz//
     
    past simple serviced
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvɪst//
     
    past participle serviced
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvɪst//
     
    -ing form servicing
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːvɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrvɪsɪŋ//
     
    The car industry
     
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    vehicle/machine
  1. 1[usually passive] service something to examine a vehicle or machine and repair it if necessary so that it continues to work correctly We need to have the car serviced. Make sure your boiler is serviced regularly. See related entries: The car industry
  2. provide something
  3. 2service something/somebody to provide people with something they need, such as shops/stores, or a transport system synonym serve Botley is well serviced by a regular bus route into Oxford. This department services the international sales force (= provides services for it).
  4. pay interest
  5. 3service something (specialist) to pay interest on money that has been borrowed The company can no longer service its debts.
  6. Word Origin Old English (denoting religious devotion or a form of public worship), from Old French servise or Latin servitium ‘slavery’, from servus ‘slave’. The early sense of the verb (mid 19th cent.) was ‘be of service to, provide with a service’.Extra examples A regularly serviced car will keep its value longer. The car was fully serviced last month. You should get all gas appliances regularly serviced. The car had just been serviced and was running perfectly. The mechanic who services our car has set up his own business.
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