serve

serve
I [sɜːv]
nome sport servizio m., battuta f.

it's my serve — servo io, tocca a me servire

to have a big serve — avere un ottimo servizio

II 1. [sɜːv]
verbo transitivo
1) (work for) servire [country, cause, public]; essere al servizio di [employer, family]

to serve sb., sth. well — servire bene qcn., a qcs

2) (attend to customers) servire

are you being served? — La stanno servendo?

3) gastr. servire [guest, meal, dish]

to serve sb. with sth. — servire qcs. a qcn.

serves four — (in recipe) per quattro persone

4) (provide facility) [power station, reservoir] rifornire; [public transport, library, hospital] servire [area]
5) (satisfy) soddisfare [needs, interests]
6) (function) essere utile a

my sense of direction has served me well — il mio senso dell'orientamento mi è stato molto utile

if my memory serves me well — se la memoria non mi tradisce

the table serves me as a desk — il tavolo mi serve o fa da scrivania

to serve a purpose o function servire a uno scopo, avere una funzione; to serve no useful purpose essere senza alcuna utilità, non servire a niente; to serve the o sb.'s purpose — servire allo scopo

7) (spend time)

to serve a term — pol. restare in carica per un mandato

to serve a sentence — scontare una condanna

to serve five years — scontare o fare cinque anni di prigione

8) dir.

to serve a writ on sb. — notificare un mandato a qcn.

to serve a summons on sb. — intimare a qcn. un mandato di comparizione

to serve notice of sth. on sb. — notificare qcs. a qcn. (anche fig.)

9) sport servire [ball]
2.
verbo intransitivo
1) (in shop, church, at table) servire
2) (on committee, in government) prestare servizio (as come, in qualità di)

to serve on — fare parte di [committee, jury]

3) mil. essere nell'esercito
4) (meet a need) servire (as come, da)

any excuse will serve — qualsiasi scusa andrà bene

this should serve as a warning — questo dovrebbe servire di avvertimento

5) sport battere; (in tennis) servire

Conti to serve — Conti al servizio, alla battuta

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it serves you right! — ben ti sta! ti sta (proprio) bene!

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[sə:v] 1. verb
1) (to work for a person etc eg as a servant: He served his master for forty years.) servire
2) (to distribute food etc or supply goods: She served the soup to the guests; Which shop assistant served you (with these goods)?) servire
3) (to be suitable for a purpose: This upturned bucket will serve as a seat.) servire
4) (to perform duties, eg as a member of the armed forces: He served (his country) as a soldier for twenty years; I served on the committee for five years.) servire; essere membro di
5) (to undergo (a prison sentence): He served (a sentence of) six years for armed robbery.) scontare
6) (in tennis and similar games, to start the play by throwing up the ball etc and hitting it: He served the ball into the net; Is it your turn to serve?) servire
2. noun
(act of serving (a ball).) servizio
- serving
- it serves you right
- serve an apprenticeship
- serve out
- serve up
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serve /sɜ:v/
n. [uc]
1 (tennis, ping-pong, ecc.) servizio; battuta: an accurate [a powerful] serve, un servizio preciso [potente]
2 (pallavolo) battuta.
♦ (to) serve /sɜ:v/
v. t. e i.
1 servire; essere a servizio (di); servire (da); fare (da); giovare; servire (o portare) in tavola; bastare: She has served the Joneses since she was a girl, è al servizio dei Jones fin da ragazzina; This box will serve for a table, questa cassetta farà da tavola; Are you being served, madam?, La stanno servendo, signora?; Dinner is served!, il pranzo è servito (o è in tavola); DIALOGO-Checking into a hotel- Breakfast is served between 7.00 and 9.00, la colazione è servita dalle 7:00 alle 9:00; This explanation will serve to make my theory clearer, questa spiegazione servirà a rendere più chiara la mia teoria; One pound of butter serves him for a week, una libbra di burro gli basta per una settimana
2 trattare: He served me badly, mi ha trattato malissimo
3 fare, prestare (servizio e sim.); essere sotto le armi: to serve one's apprenticeship, fare il proprio apprendistato; He served in the navy, ha servito (ha prestato servizio) in marina; He has served in the army for two years, è nell'esercito da due anni
4 (leg.) intimare; notificare; presentare: to serve a summons on sb. (o to serve sb. with a summons) intimare a q. un mandato di comparizione; citare q. in giudizio; to serve a warrant of arrest, presentare un mandato di cattura; to serve a paper, notificare un atto
5 (leg.) espiare (una pena); scontare (una condanna): a man serving life, un uomo che sconta una condanna all'ergastolo; un ergastolano
6 (tennis, pallavolo, ecc.) battere; servire; effettuare il servizio: to serve well [badly], avere un buon [un cattivo] servizio
7 (naut.) fasciare: to serve a rope, fasciare un cavo
8 servire a tavola: DIALOGO-Dinner 2- I'll serve, vi servo io
9 (di bestiame) montare; coprire: to serve a mare, coprire una cavalla
10 (naut.: della marea) essere favorevole
● (mil.) to serve as an officer, prestare servizio come ufficiale □ to serve as a reminder [as a spoon], servire da promemoria [da cucchiaio] □ to serve at table, servire ai tavoli □ to serve behind the counter, servire (o stare) al banco (in un negozio, ecc.) □ (mil.) to serve a gun, servire un pezzo; caricare un cannone □ (fig. fam.) to serve sb. hand and foot, servire q. di barba e di capelli □ to serve in the Armed Forces, fare parte delle Forze Armate; essere un militare □ (polit.) to serve in Parliament, essere un membro del Parlamento □ (relig.) to serve mass, servire la messa □ to serve on a committee, fare parte di una commissione; essere membro di un comitato □ (leg.) to serve on a jury, fare parte di una giuria □ to serve a purpose, servire a uno scopo □ to serve sb.'s purpose, servire a q.; andare bene (lo stesso): I haven't got a screwdriver, but a knife will serve my purpose, non ho un cacciavite, ma un coltello va bene lo stesso □ to serve sb. right, trattare q. come si merita; (impers.) meritarsi: It served him right to lose his job: he was always taking time off for no reason, il licenziamento se l'è meritato: faceva sempre assenze ingiustificate □ (polit.) to serve a term (of office), restare in carica per un mandato □ (fam.) to serve time, essere in carcere; stare al fresco (fam.) □ (spesso fig.) to serve two masters, servire due padroni □ (polit.: di un presidente, ecc.) to serve two terms, restare in carica per due mandati □ to serve sb.'s wants, soddisfare le necessità di q.as occasion serves, quando si presenta l'occasione; al momento opportuno □ It serves my turn (o my need), fa al caso mio; serve al mio scopo □ (nelle ricette) «serves four», «quattro porzioni»; dosi per quattro persone □ (fam.) Serves you right!, ben ti sta!
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I [sɜːv]
nome sport servizio m., battuta f.

it's my serve — servo io, tocca a me servire

to have a big serve — avere un ottimo servizio

II 1. [sɜːv]
verbo transitivo
1) (work for) servire [country, cause, public]; essere al servizio di [employer, family]

to serve sb., sth. well — servire bene qcn., a qcs

2) (attend to customers) servire

are you being served? — La stanno servendo?

3) gastr. servire [guest, meal, dish]

to serve sb. with sth. — servire qcs. a qcn.

serves four — (in recipe) per quattro persone

4) (provide facility) [power station, reservoir] rifornire; [public transport, library, hospital] servire [area]
5) (satisfy) soddisfare [needs, interests]
6) (function) essere utile a

my sense of direction has served me well — il mio senso dell'orientamento mi è stato molto utile

if my memory serves me well — se la memoria non mi tradisce

the table serves me as a desk — il tavolo mi serve o fa da scrivania

to serve a purpose o function servire a uno scopo, avere una funzione; to serve no useful purpose essere senza alcuna utilità, non servire a niente; to serve the o sb.'s purpose — servire allo scopo

7) (spend time)

to serve a term — pol. restare in carica per un mandato

to serve a sentence — scontare una condanna

to serve five years — scontare o fare cinque anni di prigione

8) dir.

to serve a writ on sb. — notificare un mandato a qcn.

to serve a summons on sb. — intimare a qcn. un mandato di comparizione

to serve notice of sth. on sb. — notificare qcs. a qcn. (anche fig.)

9) sport servire [ball]
2.
verbo intransitivo
1) (in shop, church, at table) servire
2) (on committee, in government) prestare servizio (as come, in qualità di)

to serve on — fare parte di [committee, jury]

3) mil. essere nell'esercito
4) (meet a need) servire (as come, da)

any excuse will serve — qualsiasi scusa andrà bene

this should serve as a warning — questo dovrebbe servire di avvertimento

5) sport battere; (in tennis) servire

Conti to serve — Conti al servizio, alla battuta

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it serves you right! — ben ti sta! ti sta (proprio) bene!


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