serving Definition

  • 1a portion of food or drink served to someone
  • 2the action of serving food or drink
  • 3a period of time during which a person is employed to work

Using serving: Examples

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

  • Example

    I'll have another serving of rice, please.

  • Example

    She's in charge of serving the drinks at the party.

  • Example

    He completed his serving in the military last year.

serving Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for serving

Phrases with serving

  • used to say that someone deserves the bad things that happen to them


    He was caught cheating on the exam, so it serves him right that he failed the class.

  • to officially inform someone that they must leave their job or home


    The landlord served notice on the tenants to vacate the apartment by the end of the month.

  • to be useful or helpful for a particular reason


    The extra chairs serve a purpose when we have guests over for dinner.


Summary: serving in Brief

The term 'serving' [ˈsɜːvɪŋ] refers to a portion of food or drink, or the action of serving it. It can also refer to a period of employment. Examples include 'I'll have another serving of rice, please,' and 'She's in charge of serving the drinks at the party.' Phrases like 'serve someone right' and 'serve notice' add idiomatic meaning.

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