Definition of see service in English:

see service

phrase

  • 1Serve in the armed forces.

    ‘he saw service in both world wars’
    • ‘By 1865, desperation forced the Confederate Congress to authorize black combat troops, although the war ended before any saw service.’
    • ‘Later he served in the army and saw service in Germany.’
    • ‘He joined the Russian Imperial Fleet and saw service during the Russo-Japanese War in Port Arthur - a port that was to fall to the Japanese.’
    • ‘He joined the Marines as a teenager, and saw service in the wars of 1776-83.’
    • ‘He joined the Welsh Guards at 18 and, before sailing with the Falklands Task Force, saw service in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Kenya.’
    • ‘The first two squadrons to see service were 302 and the famous 303 squadron, the latter based at Northolt just outside London.’
    • ‘He served as a platoon commander with the British Army for 10 years, and saw service in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘During the second world war, he saw service in the East African campaign and later in the desert.’
    • ‘Charles was educated as a soldier and saw service in the Swedish army from 1642 to 1645 during the Thirty Years War.’
    • ‘A Cambridge graduate and former lieutenant colonel in the Royal Tank Regiment, Crawford, 49, saw service in the 1991 Gulf war.’
    1. 1.1 Be used.
      ‘the building later saw service as a blacksmith's shop’
      • ‘The Lux range first saw service at the Open championship in Kent earlier this year where they were tested out by the millionaires of world golf, who pronounced themselves satisfied.’
      • ‘The ten-ton Saracen, fitted with a Browning turret-mounted machine gun and a BREN anti-aircraft gun, first saw service in Malaya and was a common sight in Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘The helicopter last saw service in Antarctica and is equipped with a full de-icing rig and a power winch.’
      • ‘The magnificent steam engine last saw service in 1976 at the Mardy Colliery, on the outskirts of the town it was named after in the Rhondda Valley.’
      • ‘At first the Gannet was used in submarine detection but in the mid-1960s the advanced early warning version was developed, and saw service until 1977.’