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Meaning of SUBSERVE

Pronunciation:  sub'surv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  be helpful or useful
 

SUBSERVE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: aid, assist, help

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sub*serve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subserved}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Subserving}.] [L. subservire; sub under + servire to
    serve. See {Serve}.]
    To serve in subordination or instrumentally; to be
    subservient to; to help forward; to promote.
    
          It is a great credit to know the ways of captivating
          Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to
          have learned all the intrigues of policy. --Glanvill.
    
    
  2. \Sub*serve"\, v. i.
    To be subservient or subordinate; to serve in an inferior
    capacity.
    
          Not made to rule, But to subserve where wisdom bears
          command.                                 --Milton.
    
    
 

 

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