1. disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

    Synonyms : unfavorable judgment
    Type Of : disapproval
    Examples :
    • the senator received severe criticism from his opponent
  2. a serious examination and judgment of something

    Synonyms : critique
    Type Of : critical analysis, critical appraisal
    Examples :
    • constructive criticism is always appreciated
  3. a written evaluation of a work of literature

    Synonyms : literary criticism
    Type Of : written material, piece of writing, writing


  1. extremely wicked

    Synonyms : villainous
    Examples :
    • nefarious schemes


  1. mate with

    Synonyms : service
    Type Of : copulate, mate, pair, couple
    Examples :
    • male animals serve the females for breeding purposes
  2. be used by; as of a utility

    Synonyms : service
    Type Of : operate, function, run, go, work
    Examples :
    • The sewage plant served the neighboring communities
    • The garage served to shelter his horses
  3. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

    Synonyms : answer, do, suffice
    Type Of : live up to, satisfy, fulfil, fulfill
    Examples :
    • Nothing else will serve
  4. work for or be a servant to

    Synonyms : assist, attend, attend to, wait on
    Type Of : aid, assist, help
    Examples :
    • May I serve you?
    • The minister served the King for many years
  5. serve a purpose, role, or function

    Synonyms : function
    Type Of : answer, suffice, do
    Examples :
    • The tree stump serves as a table
    • The female students served as a control group
    • This table would serve very well
    • His freedom served him well
  6. (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

    Synonyms : service
    Type Of : tennis shot, tennis stroke
    Examples :
    • his powerful serves won the game
  7. deliver a warrant or summons to someone

    Synonyms : process, swear out
    Type Of : deliver
  8. help to some food; help with food or drink

    Synonyms : help
    Type Of : cater, supply, provide, ply
    Examples :
    • I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
  9. promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to

    Synonyms : serve well
    Type Of : foster, nurture
    Examples :
    • Art serves commerce
    • Their interests are served
    • The lake serves recreation
    • The President's wisdom has served the country well
  10. spend time in prison or in a labor camp

    Synonyms : do
    Type Of : spend, pass
  11. provide (usually but not necessarily food)

    Synonyms : dish, dish out, dish up, serve up
    Type Of : ply, cater, provide, supply
    Examples :
    • We serve meals for the homeless
    • The entertainers served up a lively show
  12. contribute or conduce to

    Type Of : effectuate, effect, set up
    Examples :
    • The scandal served to increase his popularity
  13. devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas

    Type Of : work
    Examples :
    • She served the art of music
    • He served the church
    • serve the country
  14. do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

    Type Of : work, do work
    Examples :
    • He served as head of the department for three years
    • She served in Congress for two terms
  15. do military service

    Type Of : work, do work
    Examples :
    • She served in Vietnam
    • My sons never served, because they are short-sighted
  16. put the ball into play

    Type Of : move, go
    Examples :
    • It was Agassi's turn to serve


  1. any federal law-enforcement officer

    Synonyms : federal, federal official
    Type Of : federal agent, agent
  2. the central bank of the United States; incorporates 12 Federal Reserve branch banks and all national banks and state-chartered commercial banks and some trust companies

    Synonyms : federal reserve, federal reserve system, frs
    Type Of : central bank