I found this sentence in the dictionary under the service entry.

He saw service in North Africa.

Because it's a bilingual dictionary, I know it means he has served in military in North Africa in English. But what does saw mean here? I looked it up in the dictionary but still not sure what it means here.

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That's one of the meanings of see - to experience.

Merriam-Webster see

3 c : to have experience of : undergo
see army service

American Heritage Dictionary see

5.a. To know through firsthand experience; undergo or experience:
He saw service in the navy. She has seen many changes in her lifetime.

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