[transitive, intransitive] to give somebody food or drink, for example at a restaurant or during a meal serve (something) Breakfast is served between 7 and 10 a.m. Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve immediately. Shall I serve? serve something with something Serve the lamb with new potatoes and green beans. serve something to somebody They served a wonderful meal to more than fifty delegates. serve somebody with something The delegates were served with a wonderful meal. serve somebody something She served us a delicious lunch. serve something + adj. The quiche can be served hot or cold.