Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The planes are all serviced, said Batten, who had just walked along the line of planes.

Entering the garage, the girls saw that the car had been serviced.

The tankette had of course never been serviced after the battle.

Record on the chart the date you serviced the motor and what was done.

There were holds at regular intervals, something must have been serviced by workmen in here.

Most of them were automatically repaired and serviced, while the permanent machines ran on through the ages without care.

Recalling the motorcraft which apparently had been serviced by the island raft, Brad became increasingly uneasy.

The country was to be divided into seven areas, each to be supplied and serviced by one manufacturer.

There were many, many times more than her air apparatus and reserve tanks could possibly have serviced.

The car itself is serviced at Army vehicles pool; nobody could hide anything in it for a confederate to pick up outside.


c.1100, "celebration of public worship," from Old French servise "act of homage; servitude; service at table; Mass, church ceremony," from Latin servitium "slavery, condition of a slave, servitude," also "slaves collectively," from servus "slave" (see serve (v.)).

Meaning "act of serving, occupation of an attendant servant" is attested from c.1200, as is that of "assistance, help; a helpful act." From c.1300 as "provision of food; sequence of dishes served in a meal;" from late 14c. as "service at table, attendance during a meal." Meaning "the furniture of the table" (tea service, etc.) is from mid-15c.

Meanings "state of being bound to undertake tasks for someone or at someone's direction; labor performed or undertaken for another" are mid-13c. Sense of "service or employment in a court or administration" is from c.1300, as is that of "military service (especially by a knight); employment as a soldier;" hence "the military as an occupation" (1706).

Also in Middle English "sexual intercourse, conjugal relations" (mid-15c.; service of Venus, or flesh's service). Service industry (as distinct from production) attested from 1938. A service station originally was a gas stop that also repaired cars.