service

I. service ser‧vice 1 [ˈsɜːvs ǁ ˈsɜːr-] noun
1. [countable usually plural] COMMERCE business that involves selling help and advice, or delivering goods etc for customers, rather than manufacturing goods:

• He charged a £600,000 fee for consulting services.

ˌbusiness contiˈnuity ˌservices [plural] COMMERCE
services provided to companies so that they can continue operating if they are affected by a serious event such as a fire, computer failure etc:

• They provide Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Services to companies in the path of hurricanes.

ˌdealing-ˈonly ˌservice [countable] FINANCE
a service offered by a firm of stockbroker S in which they make deals for their customers but do not offer advice
fiˌnancial ˈservices
[plural] FINANCE the business activity of giving advice about investments and selling investments to people and organizations:

• Banks have been moving into other areas of the financial services industry such as stockbroking, securities underwriting, and insurance.

ˌinteractive ˈservice [countable usually plural] COMMERCE COMPUTING TELECOMMUNICATIONS
a service which customers receive through the Internet and by telephone line, for example home banking:

• Digital television enables broadcasters to offer interactive services.

ˈvalet ˌservice [countable]
1. a service that is available in some hotels, to clean the clothes of the people staying there:

• The hotel has 98 bedrooms all en-suite, and a valet service.

2. a service that provides someone to park your car for you when you arrive at a hotel, airport etc
ˈwire ˌservice [countable]
an organization that sends news reports to newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations etc:

• The Press Association supply the UK press with home news, and newspapers subscribe to their wire service.

2. [countable] the regular work done by a public or other large national organization, or the organization itself:

• For many years, the state postal service fell outside the monopoly rules.

ˌpublic ˈservice
1. [countable] a service that a government provides, such as the police, the health service etc and which is paid for by taxation:

• He must show a willingness to spend more on health, education and other public services.

2. [uncountable] the government and its departments:

• 18% of the college's graduates intend to pursue careers in public service.

3. [countable] a service provided to people because it will help them, and is not for profit:

• The Postal Service is not a business, but a public service operating in a businesslike manner.

3. [countable] COMMERCE TRAVEL a system of regular flights etc between two places:

• The airline has opened a trans-Atlantic service between Toronto and Singapore.

• a daily air service between London and Paris

4. [countable] an organization or department that provides advice and help, for example on legal or personal problems:

• A counselling service can provide employees with appropriate support.

5. [uncountable] COMMERCE the help given to customers by people working in a shop, restaurant etc:

• Our service standards are monitored to ensure they remain at a consistently high level.

ˈafter-sales ˌservice
[uncountable] COMMERCE repairs and advice given to a customer by a company after the customer has bought a product from the company:

• A good after-sales service is just as important as the product itself.

ˌcustomer ˈservice also customer services [uncountable] COMMERCE
1. the department in a large organization that deals with questions and complaints from its customers, gives advice on using the product or service it provides etc:

• Just ring 660000 and ask for the Customer Services department.

• For further information on product availability, contact Customer Service.

2. when an organization helps its customers by answering their questions and listening to their complaints, giving them advice on using a particular product or service, providing a good quality product etc:

• The company claims customer service is its number one priority.

6. [uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES the work an employee does for a company or organization:

• There are automatic pay increases based on length of service.

— see also business reply service, contract of service, debt service
  [m0] II. service service 2 adjective [only before a noun]
service roads, stairs, lifts etc are for the use of people working in a place or delivering goods to it, rather than the general public:

• A new service road and tanker turning area is proposed for the site.

  [m0] III. service service 3 verb [transitive]
1. FINANCE to pay a debt, loan etc:

• Cardholders are having trouble servicing their debts to the lender.

2. FINANCE if a financial institution services loans, debts etc, it manages them for another company, for example by collecting payments, calculating interest etc:

• We currently service loans for more than 15 million customers nationwide.

3. to examine a machine or piece of equipment and to mend it if necessary:

• Compaq relies heavily on independent dealers to sell and service its computers.

4. COMMERCE to provide a particular service, such as help, advice, transport etc:

• Our customers in Mexico are serviced through a network of independent insurance firms.

— servicing noun [uncountable] :

• We plan to bring the equipment back to the U.S. for servicing.

• Income from mortgage servicing rose sharply.

• The company has been increasing its loan servicing portfolio.

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Ⅰ.
service UK US /ˈsɜːvɪs/ noun
[C or U] COMMERCE business activity that involves doing things for customers rather than producing goods, or a single act of doing something for a customer: »

The bank was the first to offer 24-hour telephone banking service.

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We haven't actively promoted the email service because we have to be sure we can meet demand.

»

These days there are service jobs that no one ever dreamed about in the 1950s.

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GDP is a measure of an economy's output of goods and services.

»

The goal is to increase customer loyalty by providing customized products and services.

offer/provide a service »

Career consultants offer numerous services, including résumé polishing.

service for sb/sth »

We provide an internet service for lawyers.

[C] GOVERNMENT a system or organization that provides something important that the public needs: »

the ambulance/health/postal, etc. service

»

The planners have to investigate what local services are available including transport, housing, and schooling for employees' children.

[C] GOVERNMENT a government department that is responsible for a particular area or activity: »

The immigration service has won an important victory in the courts.

[C or U] TRANSPORT a system of buses, trains, aircraft, etc. that travel between particular places: »

Passenger traffic registered a sharp rise thanks to the opening of a new ferry service from Liverpool to Dublin.

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The 18:43 service to Liverpool has been cancelled.

»

Commercial air service is ready to resume today.

[U] COMMERCE the way that employees of a business, store, etc. deal with customers, especially how quickly and effectively they do this: level/quality/standard of service »

We constantly seek to improve the quality of service we give to our customers.

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good/excellent/poor service

provide/give service »

They have provided excellent service in handling problem cases.

get/receive service »

It seems like you never get good service in restaurants these days.

services — Cf. services
[C or U] HR the time an employee spends working for an organization, or the work they do: »

British labour law gives employees rights dependent upon their length of service.

15/40, etc. years (of) service »

The amount of the severance payment is based on his 25 years service with the group.

»

Under Germany's constitution, the unions and employers' federations have the exclusive right to negotiate wages and conditions of service.

[C] UK a check and repair of a vehicle or machine that is done at regular periods: »

I'm taking my car in for a service.

be of service (to sb) — Cf. be of service to sb
in service — Cf. in service
See also CUSTOMER SERVICE(Cf. ↑customer service), DEBT SERVICE(Cf. ↑debt service), FINANCIAL SERVICES(Cf. ↑financial services), LEGAL SERVICES(Cf. ↑legal services), MARKETING SERVICES(Cf. ↑marketing services), PUBLIC SERVICE(Cf. ↑public service)
Ⅱ.
service UK US /ˈsɜːvɪs/ verb [T]
FINANCE to make regular payments to pay back a debt or loan, including interest: »

As growth slowed and prices fell, borrowers were unable to service their debts.

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The country is still spending $3 million a week servicing debt, twice what it spends on healthcare.

FINANCE to collect and keep records of payments from a person or organization that has borrowed money: »

We service about 350,000 mortgage loans.

to examine a machine and repair any damaged parts: »

I'm taking the car in to have it serviced.

»

The 10-year contract involves servicing 11 gas turbines on three deep-water platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

COMMERCE to provide a service to someone: »

service an industry/market

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We hope to achieve greater efficiency and be better able to service customers.

See also SERVICING(Cf. ↑servicing)
Ⅲ.
service UK US /ˈsɜːvɪs/ adjective [before noun]
used only by people who work in a building or are delivering goods there, not by the general public: »

a service elevator/entrance


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