serve vt served, serv·ing
1: to deliver, publish, or execute (notice or process) as required by law
no notice of any such request was ever served on the husbandNational Law Journal
2: to make legal service upon (the person named in a process): inform or notify by legal service
unless the city had been served with prior notice of a defect — Gene Mustain
3: to put in (a term of imprisonment)
has served five years of her sentence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (assist) verb accommodate, administer to, advance, afford aid, aid, assist, attend, be of use, care for, come to the aid of, commodare, comply, confer a benefit, contribute to, cooperate, deservire, discharge one's duty, do a service, do one's bidding, fill an office, forward, furnish aid, furnish assistance, give help, help, lend aid, minister to, promote, render help, servire, submit, succor, supply aid, take care of, tend, wait on, work for II (deliver a legal instrument) verb afford notice, deliver, deliver a summons and complaint, deliver over, forward, give notice to, hand over, issue, make delivery of legal process, present, subpoena, summon, turn over associated concepts: serve with process III index abet, accommodate, aid, assist, attend (take care of), avail (be of use), bestow, care (regard), contribute (assist), dispense, divide (distribute), fulfill, function, help, inure (benefit), obey, officiate, order, pander, perform (execute), promote (organize), provide (arrange for), supply

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To work for someone, especially as an employee; to hold a position in the armed forces.
(2) To deliver a legal document such as a summons formally and in an official capacity.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 To deliver a legal document, especially a process or notice; to present a legal notice or subpoena to a person as required by law.
2 To spend time in the armed forces or in some uniformed service (police, fire, and so on).
See also service.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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