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serve as (something)

To act in the capacity of a particular role. I served as a legal secretary for a couple of years while I worked on my law degree. I couldn't even afford furniture, so I just had empty boxes and stacks of books acting as my tables and chairs. We'll have a limited release the product and let this region serve as a guinea pig. If it is received well, we can expand production and distribution to the rest of the county.
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serve as someone or something

to act in the capacity of someone or something. I served as the mayor's assistant for a number of years. This brick will not serve as a doorstop.
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Through his real estate career, Kevane has served on the Inclusionary Housing Working Group as a member of the City of San Diego & San Diego Housing Commission (2001-02); was on the City of San Diego's Affordable Housing Task Force, including four subcommittees (2002-03); and served as legislative chair of the San Diego County Apartment Association (2004), as well as volunteering on the association's Legislative Steering Committee since 1995.
At the national level, he has served as the DAV National Finance Committee Chairman and as a member of the National Executive Committee.
Sandra Carnes, NCTM, of East Sparta, Ohio, is professor of music at Malone College in Canton, Ohio, where she served as chair of the fine arts department from 1987 to 1997, and is currently the director of the piano preparatory program.
Holtz served as Vice President of the Illinois Recycling Association in 2004 and on its board of directors from 2002 to 2004.
in 1986 as technical director and later served as VP technology and manufacturing and president.
I served as an "out" gay soldier for most of my career, and there was no reduction in "unit cohesion" in any unit that I served in.
He served as a priest at Fort Simpson and later, as dean and canon at Inuvik, both in the Northwest Territories.
Prior to joining Brookfield Financial Properties, Zuccotti served as president and chief executive officer of Olympia & York Companies (U.S.A.) from January 1990.
Taylor has served as treasurer, program chair and president of the Great Plains Chapter.
He has served as chapter president of IABC in Gauteng, South Africa.
A recipient of the Ductile Iron Society (DIS) Annual Award in 1966, he served as DIS' national president from 1964-66, the national president of the Foundry Education Foundation from 1976-77 and as a trustee of the Cast Metals Institute.
Senator John Warner (R-VA), a member of the Armed Services Committee, served as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1969 to 1972, and as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974.
This department arose out of the growing realization that employers must be served as an equal and primary customer to ensure that jobs are available for the agency's applicants.