serve with

serve with (someone or something)

1. To fight in or be in service to the military alongside someone else. I'm so sorry for your loss. I served with your mother in the marines—she was an exceptional soldier. Sign up today, and serve with some of the finest people the country has to offer.
2. To provide or present a formal notice or announcement to someone, some group, some organization, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "serve" and "with." I can't believe he served us with an eviction notice the week before Christmas. Federal investigators served the multinational tech company with a search warrant in an effort to crack down on tax evasion.
3. To provide some kind of food or beverage alongside something different. Often used in passive constructions. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "serve" and "with." They're serving fish with red wine? How uncouth! The chicken is served with green beans and mashed potatoes.
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serve someone with something

to officially deliver something, such as a subpoena, to someone. He served her with papers from the circuit court. Has Tom been served with the subpoena?
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serve with someone

to perform military service alongside or with someone. I served with Harry when we were both in the army. At the reunion, I met a lot of the guys I served with in the navy.
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When she didn't,Williams was right there to pounce on her second serve with sharp returns.
Serve with thin slices of pumpernickel bread or water crackers.
Serve with chips or fresh, warm breadsticks or fresh vegetables.
Serve with crackers, chips and cut-up vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber, celery and bell pepper.
Serve with crackers or thin slices of toasted country-style bread.
Serve with celery, carrots and blue cheese dressing.
Serve with fresh country-style bread or baguette slices.
Serve with sliced sourdough or French bread, toasted, if desired.
Serve with chips, crackers or raw vegetables as dippers.
Serve with crackers or country Italian or French bread slices or fresh vegetable dippers.
Serve with country Italian, French or sourdough bread slices.
Serve dip piled high inside 1 round loaf of sourdough or sheepherder's bread (slice off top and put a big bright-colored bow on it to set on side of plate at serving time; pull or cut out bread from round in large piece and cut into chunks to serve with spinach dip filled round; be sure to keep bread chunks wrapped, to keep from drying out, and dip refrigerated in bread round until serving time).
Garnish shrimp with additional cilantro sprigs and serve with reserved dipping sauce.
For an Asian touch, deep-fry ravioli or tortellini like won tons and serve with Chinese mustard, duck sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce.
Gently simmer about 10 minutes and serve with your choice of ravioli or tortellini for a filling meal.