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Usage statistics for the noun service:

spoken English37.45%written English62.55% conversational speech13.91%task-oriented speech86.09% imaginative writing12.69%informational writing87.31%
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Service is sometimes a misspelling of surface.

The word service is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun service

What does service mean as a name of something?

Service is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: services

  1. work done by one person or group that benefits another
    • example: budget separately for goods and services
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: work = activity directed toward making or doing something
    • more specific terms:
      • consulting service = service provided by a professional advisor
      • facility = a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you
      • national service = compulsory service in the military during peacetime
      • utility = the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
  2. an act of help or assistance
    • example: he did them a service
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • antonym: disservice
    • more generic words: aid / assist / assistance / help = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • child care / childcare = a service involving care for other people's children
      • community service = an unpaid service for the benefit of the public that is performed by lawbreakers as part (or all) of their sentence
      • community service / public service = a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
      • help desk / helpdesk = a service that provides information and assistance to the users of a computer network
      • seating = the service of ushering people to their seats
  3. the act of public worship following prescribed rules
  4. a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
  5. employment in or work for another
    • example: he retired after 30 years of service
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: employment / work = the occupation for which you are paid
  6. a force that is a branch of the armed forces
  7. a means of serving
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of service: avail / help
    • more generic word: helpfulness = the property of providing useful assistance
  8. tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
  9. the act of mating by male animals
  10. (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
  11. (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
  12. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
    • example: he accepted service of the subpoena
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of service: service of process / serving
    • more generic words: bringing / delivery = the act of delivering or distributing something
  13. periodic maintenance on a car or machine
  14. the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
    • example: that restaurant has excellent service
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: accommodation = the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
    • more specific terms:
      • curb service = service provided to customers who remain in their vehicles
      • self-service = the practice of serving yourself
      • valet parking = a service provided (at a club or restaurant or airport etc.) whereby a patron leaves a car at the entrance and an attendant parks and retrieves it

Alternative definition of the noun service


  1. An event in which an entity takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on the behalf of another entity.
  2. [economics] Action or work that is produced, then traded, bought or sold, then finally consumed.
  3. [computing] A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
  4. The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group
  5. The military.
  6. A set of dishes or utensils.
  7. [sports] The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.
  8. A religious rite or ritual.
  9. [legal] The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.

Specialised definition of the noun service

Glossary of management / IT service management

A Service is a means of packaging reusable software building blocks to provide functionality to users, applications, or other Services; it is an independent, self-sufficient, functional unit of work that is discoverable, manageable, measurable, has the ability to be versioned, and offers functionality that is required by a set of consumers. A Service may be shared, which means that the function offered by the service is intended for multiple consumers, some known, and others that have not yet been identified. (Mark Wilkins. 2010. ORA Master Glossary, Release 3.0. Oracle)

Glossary of sports / table tennis

the shot that starts a rally. The server must toss the ball up at least 16 centimeters (6 inches) and strike it as it's falling, so that it touches first in the server's court and then in the receiver's court, without touching the net. When struck, the ball must be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line.

Definition of the verb service

What does service mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: serviced | servicing | services

  1. be used by; as of a utility
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of service: serve
    • more generic words: function / go / operate / run / work = perform as expected when applied
  2. make fit for use
    • examples: service my truck | the washing machine needs to be serviced
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: tune / tune up = adjust for (better) functioning
  3. mate with
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of service: serve
    • more generic words: copulate / couple / mate / pair = engage in sexual intercourse
    • more specific word: stand = be available for stud services


  1. "Service" is a 2008 Filipino independent drama film directed by Brillante Mendoza and stars Gina Pareño as the matriarch of the Pineda family who owns a porn cinema in Angeles City, Pampanga. The film competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It is also the first Filipino film to compete at the main competition in Cannes, since Lino Brocka's Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim in 1984.
  2. "Service" is a short film, directed by Jerry Pyle.


  1. Service is a fictional character from Japanese manga and anime series Nangoku Shonen Papuwa-kun.
  2. Service is a fictional character from the 1970 adventure film Strange Holiday.

There are other characters with in their name, like Service Man, Food Service, Room Service, Secret Service, secret-service, Customer service, secret service 2 and Italian Secret Service.


Service was an independent record label formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2001. The label's first release was Studio's "The End of Fame". In May 2008 Service launched a new music subscription model called Service Coop. In January 2013, the label announced that it had shut down. Its final release was Jens Lekman's "I Know What Love Isn't.


  1. Service: In economics, a service is an intangible commodity. That is, services are an example of intangible economic goods.
    • also known as 服务
  2. Service: In the context of enterprise architecture, service-orientation and service-oriented architecture, the term service refers to a set of related software functionalities that can be reused for different purposes, together with the policies that should control its usage.
  3. Service: In Anglican church music, a service is a musical setting of certain parts of the liturgy, generally for choir with or without organ accompaniment.
  4. Service is a 1932 play by the British writer Dodie Smith. It is set around the lives of the Service family who own a department store and whose fortunes are hit by the Great Depression.
  5. service: Companies that offer these pest control services.
  6. service: Companies that offer these picture framing services.
  7. Service: Services that deal with this type of waste.
  8. Service: Services that provide this type of freight shipment.
  9. Service: Radio services which are recognized by a regulatory authority to be a part of this service class.
  10. The service upon which this video is hosted.
  11. Service: A service owned by this organization. The service provides access to media assets.
  12. Service: Services that professional data recovery companies normally provide.

Phrases with Service

Phrases starting with the word Service:

  1. service cap
  2. service fee
  3. service man
  4. service area
  5. service book

Phrases ending with the word Service:

  1. E-Service
  2. In Service
  3. in-service
  4. to service
  5. bus service
  6. gas service
  7. ill service
  8. lip service
  9. tea service
  10. Web Service
  11. curb service
  12. Fire Service
  13. mail service
  14. Room Service
  15. self-service

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Service

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Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1994)

In food/medical service means that a piece of equipment in organic hazardous air pollutant service ...

Google previewDistributed Platforms (2013)

Proceedings of the IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Platforms: Client/Server and Beyond: DCE, CORBA, ODP and Advanced Distributed Applications by Alexander Schill

A service is a function provided by an object at a computational interface (Spaniol , Popien, Meyer, 1994). That is, it is a set of...

Every service is an instance of a service type. Associated with...

Google previewService Mining (2014)

Framework and Application by Wei-Lun Chang

Dataand textaregenerated passively but service is a collaborative activity. Service is a process of value cocreation and differentiationusing various perceptionsof the customer.

Google previewWhy is it hard to find a Job after 50? (2013)

We aren’t dead yet! by Don Wicker, Ph.D.

As many people know, good customer service is the lifeblood of any business.

Google previewWeb Design: Introductory (2012)

by Gary B. Shelly, Jennifer T. Campbell

Figure 7-8 A search tool submission service is a business that registers Web sites with multiple search tools. program is an online promotional tool for site Figure 7- 14. For more information about the benefits of participating in an affiliate ...

Google previewCommunity Resources for Older Adults (2007)

Programs and Services in an Era of Change by Robbyn R. Wacker, Karen A. Roberto

A deviated fixed-route service is a fixed-route service that will deviate from its regular route to pick up special riders...

An important feature of demand- responsive service is that transportation services are tailored to the needs CHAPTER 14 ...

Google previewNFPA's Illustrated Dictionary of Fire Service Terms (2006)

by National Fire Protection Association

Policy (00rdination Center EmergencyCareFirst Responder Emergency Management Assistance Compacts Emergency Medical Dispatcher EmergencyMedical Service Emergency Medical Services for Children EmergencyMedical Services ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

SERVICE: Medical care and items, such as medical diagnosis and treatment; drugs and biologicals; supplies, appliances, and equipment; medical social services; and use of hospital, rural primary care hospital, or skilled-nursing facilities.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Tennis ace A service winner that the receiver is unable to touch. advantage The first point served after deuce. deuce The score after each player has scored three points (40–all). Deuce is also the score of any tied result after 40–all in the same ...

Google previewSupply Chain and Transportation Dictionary (2000)

by Joseph L. Cavinato

service wholesalers; and b) limited function wholesalers. The service wholesalers may be called regular wholesalers, jobbers, service wholesalers, and full ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History (2015)

by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, Immanuel Ness

SERVICE. INDUSTRY. STRIKES. Introduction byBenjamin Day Theservice sector is avast and varied part of the American economy, including such disparate occupations as professional athlete,nurse, waiter, bank teller, professor, musician , ...

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Usage statistics about service

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun service:

spoken English37.45%written English62.55% conversational speech13.91%task-oriented speech86.09% imaginative writing12.69%informational writing87.31%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun service:


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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb service:


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Quotes about Service

An intelligence service is, in fact, a stupidity service. (E.B. White)
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Scrabble value of S1E1R1V4I1C3E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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