I recently saw the following sentence:

One is glad to be of service

Could anyone please describe what does that means?

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    This is General Reference. The OxfordDictionaries entry for service defines be of service - be available to assist someone – FumbleFingers Aug 28 '14 at 14:24
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    The other part that may be confusing is the use of "one is" instead of "I am". This is a quote from Bicentennial Man, where it was spoken by robots who were not intended to have a sense of individuality or identity. Using "one" instead of "I" is an expression of that lack of personal identity. – Roger Aug 28 '14 at 14:37

It means that they are glad/happy to help, to offer their service.

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    And using "One" for "I" may make it sound distinguished, or may make it sound stilted. You choose. – GEdgar Aug 28 '14 at 14:36

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