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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·serve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subserved p. pr. & vb. n. Subserving.]  To serve in subordination or instrumentally; to be subservient to; to help forward; to promote.
    It is a great credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy.   --Glanvill.