Sub*serve" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subserved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Subserving.] [L. subservire; sub under + servire to serve. See Serve.]

To serve in subordination or instrumentally; to be subservient to; to help forward; to promote.

It is a great credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy. Glanvill.


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Sub*serve", v. i.

To be subservient or subordinate; to serve in an inferior capacity.

Not made to rule, But to subserve where wisdom bears command. Milton.


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