What does "service" mean?


Dictionary.com defines "service" as an act of helpful activity. Further interpretation includes a supplier of utilities, such as water or electricity, and a provider of accommodation, such as a waiter or server.

The term "service" can also reference the military. To be in a branch of the armed forces is commonly cited as being in the service.

The phrase to "be at one's service" implies that a person or organization is ready to be of help to another whenever needed, such as a maid, servant, furnace repairman or humanitarian organization.

Derived from the Latin word "servitium," meaning "servitude," the common word "service" can be used as a noun, adjective or verb.

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an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.
the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.
the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities required by the public, as maintenance, repair, etc.: The manufacturer guarantees service and parts.
the organized system of apparatus, appliances, employees, etc., for supplying some accommodation required by the public: a television repair service.
the supplying or a supplier of public communication and transportation: telephone service; bus service.
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