from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To serve to promote (an end); be useful to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To serve to promote (an end); to be useful to.
- v. To assist in carrying out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To serve in subordination or instrumentally; to be subservient to; to help forward; to promote.
- intransitive v. To be subservient or subordinate; to serve in an inferior capacity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To serve in subordination; be subservient, useful, or instrumental to; promote: scarcely to be distinguished now from serve.
- To avail: used reflexively.
- To serve in an inferior capacity; be subservient or subordinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be helpful or useful
Latin subservīre : sub-, sub- + servīre, to serve; see serve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)