Definition of subserve in English:



  • Help to further or promote.

    ‘officers are appointed to subserve their own profit and convenience’
    • ‘Cytoskeletal organization and reorganization also plays a prominent role as scaffolding for proteins subserving membrane excitability.’
    • ‘The magnitude code also subserves numeral-size judgments and thereby provides an estimate of problem-size in the context of arithmetic.’
    • ‘He would be expected to subserve American interests in return.’
    • ‘The government seems to have been privatised; its instruments have to subserve party interests.’
    • ‘The changes are not only in brain regions controlling attention, but also in regions that subserve impulse control.’
    • ‘Because political and economic institutions can affect man's moral character, Commons reasoned that they should create conditions subserving all individuals' self-development.’
    • ‘The criterion of the goodness of a law is the principle of Utility, the measure in which it subserves the happiness to which every individual is equally entitled.’
    • ‘Conceptually, the idea is that religion, which may impede certain individual reproductive interests, could nevertheless subserve the interests of groups.’
    • ‘Another characteristic of the study of sensory aging is that the stimuli used are relatively impoverished in that they are often devoid of the environmental information that subserves perception, attention, and memory.’
    • ‘To subserve the needs of farmers better and to move towards a sustainable actuarial regime I propose to set up a new Corporation for Agriculture Insurance to be promoted by the existing public sector general insurance companies.’
    • ‘In the encoding-complex view, the importance of such phenomena is that they suggest that the modular systems that subserve number processing often communicate interactively rather than additively.’
    • ‘In saying this, I mean that we take into consideration the interests that are subserved by practices of epistemic assessment.’
    • ‘Crustacean motor neurons subserving locomotion are specialized for the type of activity in which they normally participate.’
    • ‘We can unambiguously conclude that there is a situation in which voluntarily oriented attention subserves feature integration when tested with multiple search items.’
    • ‘But in the field of human rights the evidence of heinous transgressions would not even induce a formal reprimand, except when it subserves other interests.’
    • ‘Evidence is now mounting that the ability to recognize facial expressions of emotion is subserved by specialized neural circuitry.’
    • ‘Pelvic striated muscle contractions are subserved by the perineal nerve, and autonomic fibers send efferent impulses to effect the other visceral motor responses.’
    • ‘Thus his adhesion to the doctrine of the class war involves his opposition to all measures subserving the interest of any section of capitalism.’
    • ‘The effects of brain trauma often relate to functions subserved by the specific area of brain damage.’
    • ‘These results indicate that, depending on the unique features of a given learning, experience, very different classes of mechanisms can be engaged to subserve memory in a particular time domain.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin subservire (see sub-, serve).