A serve in tennis is a shot to start a point. A player will hit the ball with a racquet so it will fall into the diagonally opposite backside box without being stopped by the net. Normally players begins a serve by tossing the ball into the air and hitting it . The ball can only touch the net on a return and will be considered good if it falls on the opposite side. If the ball contacts the net on the serve but then proceeds to the proper backside box, it is called a let; this is not a legal serve in the major tours although it is also not a fault.

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  1. An act of putting the ball or shuttlecock in play in various games.
    Whose serve is it?
  2. A portion of food or drink, a serving.


  1. To be a formal servant for (a god or deity); to worship in an official capacity.
  2. To be a servant for; to work for, to be employed by.
  3. To wait upon (someone) at table; to set food and drink in front of, to help (someone) to food, meals etc.
  4. To treat (someone) in a given manner.
  5. To be a servant or worker; to perform the duties of a servant or employee; to render service.
  6. To be suitor to; to be the lover of.
  7. To be useful to; to meet the needs of.
  8. To have a given use or purpose; to function something or to do something.
  9. To usefully take the place , of something else.
  10. To set down (food or drink) on the table to be eaten; to bring (food, drink) to a person.
  11. To officially deliver (a legal notice, summons etc.).
  12. To make legal service upon (a person named in a writ, summons, etc.)
    to serve a witness with a subpoena.
  13. To be in military service.
  14. To lead off with the first delivery over the net in tennis, volleyball, ping pong, badminton etc.
  15. To copulate with (of male animals); to cover.
  16. To work, to operate (a weapon).
  17. To work through (a given period of time in prison, a sentence).
  18. To wind spun yarn etc. tightly around (a rope or cable, etc.) so as to protect it from chafing or from the weather.

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