serve notice

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serve notice (on one)

1. To provide or present (to one) a formal announcement or proclamation. You can't just cut people's wages without serving notice in advance! The landlord served notice on the tenants that they were being evicted.
2. To make one fully aware of something. I didn't think I'd hurt myself too badly, but the struggle to get out of bed the next morning served notice to me just how much damage I had done to myself. So many people turned up for my husband's funeral, and it served notice on us how important he had been in our community.
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serve notice (on someone)

to formally or clearly announce something to someone. John served notice that he wouldn't prepare the coffee anymore. I'm serving notice that I'll resign as secretary next month.
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There are speculations that the ACB was planning to serve notice to another 18 leaders of Telugu Desam including two members of Parliament CM Ramesh and G Mohan Rao.
The tenant could serve notice to terminate the lease or they could serve notice asking to renew the lease.
However, if I understand it correctly, players will be able to serve notice on a club before their contract is up.
This is a significant sale of an office-warehouse complex in the Connecticut market and should serve notice to other institutional investors of the excellent investment value in office buildings in Shelton and throughout Connecticut," said Dunne.
The statute provides that the Condominium Board may serve notice upon a "non-purchasing tenant" that all rental payments due to such tenant are to be made payable to the Condominium Association.