Definition of subserve in English:


Pronunciation /səbˈsərv/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Help to further or promote.

    ‘officers are appointed to subserve their own profit and convenience’
    • ‘Thus his adhesion to the doctrine of the class war involves his opposition to all measures subserving the interest of any section of capitalism.’
    • ‘He would be expected to subserve American interests in return.’
    • ‘The government seems to have been privatised; its instruments have to subserve party interests.’
    • ‘But in the field of human rights the evidence of heinous transgressions would not even induce a formal reprimand, except when it subserves other interests.’
    • ‘In saying this, I mean that we take into consideration the interests that are subserved by practices of epistemic assessment.’
    • ‘Conceptually, the idea is that religion, which may impede certain individual reproductive interests, could nevertheless subserve the interests of groups.’
    • ‘The changes are not only in brain regions controlling attention, but also in regions that subserve impulse control.’
    • ‘To subserve the needs of farmers better and to move towards a sustainable actuarial regime I propose to set up a new Corporation for Agriculture Insurance to be promoted by the existing public sector general insurance companies.’
    • ‘Because political and economic institutions can affect man's moral character, Commons reasoned that they should create conditions subserving all individuals' self-development.’
    • ‘Cytoskeletal organization and reorganization also plays a prominent role as scaffolding for proteins subserving membrane excitability.’
    • ‘Crustacean motor neurons subserving locomotion are specialized for the type of activity in which they normally participate.’
    • ‘Another characteristic of the study of sensory aging is that the stimuli used are relatively impoverished in that they are often devoid of the environmental information that subserves perception, attention, and memory.’
    • ‘We can unambiguously conclude that there is a situation in which voluntarily oriented attention subserves feature integration when tested with multiple search items.’
    • ‘The magnitude code also subserves numeral-size judgments and thereby provides an estimate of problem-size in the context of arithmetic.’
    • ‘The criterion of the goodness of a law is the principle of Utility, the measure in which it subserves the happiness to which every individual is equally entitled.’
    • ‘Pelvic striated muscle contractions are subserved by the perineal nerve, and autonomic fibers send efferent impulses to effect the other visceral motor responses.’
    • ‘Evidence is now mounting that the ability to recognize facial expressions of emotion is subserved by specialized neural circuitry.’
    • ‘The effects of brain trauma often relate to functions subserved by the specific area of brain damage.’
    • ‘In the encoding-complex view, the importance of such phenomena is that they suggest that the modular systems that subserve number processing often communicate interactively rather than additively.’
    • ‘These results indicate that, depending on the unique features of a given learning, experience, very different classes of mechanisms can be engaged to subserve memory in a particular time domain.’


Mid 17th century from Latin subservire(see sub-, serve).