|Origin:||Latin servitium 'condition of being a slave', from servus; SERVE1|
ser‧vice1 S1 W1
the official system for providing something, especially something that everyone in a country needs to have, or the official organization that provides it: ➔ civil service, fire service, Internal Revenue Service, Diplomatic Service, National Health Service, secret service, security service
the health service
the postal service
the police service
the prison service
Workers in the emergency services (=police, hospital, and the fire service) are forbidden from striking.
There has been a decline in public services in recent years.
the essential services (=the police, hospitals, fire service, and organizations that provide basic things such as water, gas, or electricity)
a particular type of help or work that is provided by a business to customers, but not one that involves producing goods:
something provided by a company[countable]
A wide range of financial services are available.
provide/offer a service➔ service industry
Datapost offers a delivery service to over 160 countries.
Our aim is to provide the best service at the lowest price.
the supply of goods and services
the help that people who work in a shop, restaurant, bar etc give you ➔ room service, self-service, service charge
in a shop/restaurant/hotel[uncountable]BBT
good/bad/slow etc service
The service was terrible and so was the food.
At our bank we insist on high standards of customer service.
Service is included in your bill (=the charge for paying the people who serve you is included).
the work that someone does for a person or organization, especially over a long period
work[uncountable] also services
20/30 years etc of service
Brian retired after 25 years of service to the company.
a long service award
a career in public service (=work done for the public or the government)
services to somebody/something (=all the good work you have done for someone or something)
He received an award for services to sport.
skilled work or advice from a particular type of worker who you use to help you do something
work done for somebody[plural]
something that ordinary people can be asked to do as a public duty or as a punishment:
Her attacker was sentenced to 120 hours community service.
used to talk about whether a piece of equipment, a vehicle etc is available to be used, or how long it can be used
in service (=being used or available to be used)
These trains have been in service for many years.
out of service (=not being used or not available to be used)
The escalator is out of service.
give good/excellent etc service (=work well and last a long time)
Steel tools give good service for years.
a formal religious ceremony, especially in church
hold/conduct a service
The service was held in the chapel.
marriage/funeral/christening etc service
a memorial service for the disaster victims
a country's military forces, especially considered as a job
armyBritish English American EnglishPM
join/go into the services
Maybe you should join the services.
Her son is in the services.
help that you give to someone
help[singular, uncountable] formal
be at somebody's service (=be available to help someone, or for someone to use)
My secretary is at your service.
be of service (to somebody) (=help someone)
Can I be of any service?
do somebody a service (=do something that will help someone)
He did her a service by telling her the truth.
an examination and repair of a machine or car to keep it working properly:
check a car/machine[countable]D
I'm getting the bus home - my car's in for a service.
an act of hitting a ball through the air in order to start a game, especially in tennis:
It's your service.
a place near a motorway where you can stop and have a meal or drink, or buy food, petrol etc [↪ service station]:
on a motorway
services[countable] British EnglishTTR
How far is it to the next services?
a set of plates, bowls, cups etc that match each other
plates/cups etcDFU [countable]
a regular journey made by a bus, train, boat etc to a particular place at a particular time:
bus/train/plane etc[countable usually singular] British EnglishTT
the 8:15 service to Cambridge
16BO British English
to be working or start working as a servant in someone's house, especially in the past ➔ domestic service
when someone is given a legal document telling them that they must do something or that something is going to happen:
legal document[uncountable] formal
the service of a summons
for work you have done or help you have given:
payment for services rendered