service Definition

  • 1the action of helping or doing work for someone
  • 2a system or organization that provides something to the public, especially a utility such as gas, electricity, or transportation
  • 3the act of being useful or helpful to someone or something

Using service: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "service" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The hotel offers room service.

  • Example

    The car is due for a service.

  • Example

    I need to get my computer serviced.

  • Example

    He has done military service.

service Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for service

Idioms Using service

  • at someone's service

    ready to help or serve someone


    The butler is at your service, sir.

  • to be helpful or useful


    Can I be of service to you?

  • friendly and helpful service


    The restaurant is known for its service with a smile.

Phrases with service

  • the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services


    The company's customer service is excellent.

  • work done by government or other organizations to provide services to the community


    She has dedicated her life to public service.

  • a type of business that offers a complete range of services


    The gas station is a full-service station.

Origins of service

from Old English 'servis', from Latin 'servitium', meaning 'slavery'


Summary: service in Brief

The term 'service' [ˈsɜːvɪs] refers to the action of helping or doing work for someone, or a system or organization that provides something to the public. It can also mean the act of being useful or helpful. Examples include room service, car service, and military service. Phrases like 'customer service' and 'public service' extend the concept, while idioms like 'at someone's service' and 'service with a smile' denote helpfulness and friendliness.

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