Definitions

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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of serve.

Etymologies

From serve +‎ -eth, the archaic third-person singular present tense suffix (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “O my lord,” cried he, “the like will befal every one who loveth and serveth thee well.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “This is how he always serveth me,” cried she, “he drinketh awhile, then falleth asleep and leaveth me alone with none to bear me company over my cup nor any to whom I may sing when the bowl goeth round.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Know, O King, that no judgement serveth the cause of justice save it be given after proof positive, and it behoveth the judge to treat all people on the same level, to the intent that the great may not hunger for oppression nor the small despair of justice.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Some have in readiness so many tales and stories, as there is nothing they would insinuate, but they can wrap it into a tale; which serveth both to keep themselves more in guard, and to make others carry it with more pleasure.

    The Essays

  • To which purpose serveth the opening, and well – balancing of trade; the cherishing of manufactures; the banishing of idleness; the repressing of waste, and excess, by sumptuary laws; the improvement and husbanding of the soil; the regulating of prices of things vendible; the moderating of taxes and tributes; and the like.

    The Essays

  • A civil war, indeed, is like the heat of a fever; but a foreign war is like the heat of exercise, and serveth to keep the body in health; for in a slothful peace, both courages will effeminate, and manners corrupt.

    The Essays

  • We have enough to do to make up ourselves from present and passed times, and the whole stage of things scarce serveth for our instruction.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Also, the making the Lord's Supper a sacrifice serveth to make the people believe the Pope hath the same power over all Christians that Moses and Aaron had over the Jews; that is to say, all power, both civil and ecclesiastical, as the high priest then had.

    Leviathan

  • In hortatives and pleadings, as truth or disguise serveth best to the design in hand, so is the judgement or the fancy most required.

    Leviathan

  • Sixthly, the denial of marriage to priests serveth to assure this power of the Pope over kings.

    Leviathan

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