personal service. 1. Actual delivery of the notice or process to the person to whom it is directed. — Also termed actual service. [Cases: Federal Civil Procedure  413; Process  48, 64. C.J.S. Process §§ 26, 33, 42–44, 49.] 2. An act done personally by an individual. • In this sense, a personal service is an economic service involving either the intellectual or manual personal effort of an individual, as opposed to the salable product of the person’s skill.

[Blacks Law 8th]