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Meaning of subserve

sub•serve

Pronunciation: (sub-sûrv'), [key]
— -served, -serv•ing.
  1. to be useful or instrumental in promoting (a purpose, action, etc.): Light exercise subserves digestion.
  2. to serve as a subordinate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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