subserve

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin subservire

Verb[edit]

subserve (third-person singular simple present subserves, present participle subserving, simple past and past participle subserved)

  1. To serve to promote (an end); to be useful to.
  2. To assist in carrying out.
    • Glanvill
      'Tis a greater credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy.

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