serve verb

1 give sb food or drink

ADV. immediately Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve immediately.

VERB + SERVE be ready to Cover and chill the salad until ready to serve.

PREP. to They served a wonderful meal to more than 50 delegates. | with The delegates were served with a wonderful meal. Serve the lamb with new potatoes and green beans.

PHRASES serve sth chilled/cold/hot The quiche can be served hot or cold.

2 work

ADV. faithfully, loyally, well She served the family faithfully for many years (= as a servant).

VERB + SERVE continue to

PREP. as I shall continue to serve as a trustee. | in She served in the medical corps. | under He served under John Major in the early 1990s.