This woman deserves a medal.
An example of deserve is for the winner to be entitled to a prize after winning a triathlon.
transitive verb-·served′, -·serv′ing
Origin of deserveMiddle English deserven from Old French deservir, to deserve from Classical Latin deservire, to serve diligently from de-, intensive + servire, serve
transitive verbde·served, de·serv·ing, de·serves
Origin of deserveMiddle English deserven from Old French deservir from Latin dēservīre to serve zealously dē- intensive pref. ; see de- . servīre to serve ; see serve .
(third-person singular simple present deserves, present participle deserving, simple past and past participle deserved)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
From Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre, from de- + servīre.