serve vt served, serv·ing1: to deliver, publish, or execute (notice or process) as required by lawno notice of any such request was ever served on the husband — National Law Journal2: to make legal service upon (the person named in a process): inform or notify by legal serviceunless the city had been served with prior notice of a defect — Gene Mustain3: to put in (a term of imprisonment)has served five years of her sentence
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
(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
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. William C. Burton. 2006
v.(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. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
v.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.See also service.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.