from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions.
- noun Similar work performed by law offenders to serve a sentence in lieu of or in addition to jail time.
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Serviceor activitydone for the benefitof the communityat large, such as cleaning, fundraising, pro bono professionalservices, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
- noun an unpaid service for the benefit of the public that is performed by lawbreakers as part (or all) of their sentence
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