(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. attend, wait on (see servant); replace; aid; avail, be of use; supply; suffice. See utility, provision, sufficiency.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To fulfill an obligation]
Syn. carry out, complete, hear duty's call, hearken to the call of duty, obey the call of one's country, acquit oneself of an obligation, subserve, discharge one's duty, live up to one's duty.
Ant. betray*, dishonor, disgrace.
2. [To work for]
Syn. be employed by, labor, toil, carry on a trade, be in the employ of; see also work 2 .
3. [To help]
Syn. give aid, assist, be of assistance; see help 1 .
4. [To serve at table]
Syn. wait on, attend, help one to food, help.
5. [To obey]
Syn. follow, accept, agree; see obey 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. wait on provide, tend to, *be at one's beck and call, waitress, cater, deliver, minister to, help, assist, *be a gopher.
2. be obedient obey, respect, honor, be dutiful to.
work perform, carry out, do one's duties.pass spend, do.
5. function be used, perform for.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To work and care for: attend, do for, minister to, wait on (or upon). See CARE FOR. 2. To place food before (someone): wait on (or upon). See INGESTION. 3. To spend or complete (time), as a prison term: put in. Informal: do. See TIME. 4. To perform the duties of another: act, function, officiate. See DO, SUBSTITUTE. 5. To meet a need or requirement: answer, do, suffice, suit. See EXCESS, HELP. 6. To be an advantage to: advantage, avail, benefit, profit. Archaic: boot2. Idiom: stand someone in good stead. See HELP.

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