- The definition of deserving is worthy of reward, award or praise.
An example of someone deserving is a firefighter who rescued a family and their pets from a burning home; a deserving firefighter.
- having merit; worthy of aid, a reward, etc.: a deserving student
- worthy (of): a subject most deserving of attention
(comparative more deserving, superlative most deserving)
- Present participle of deserve.
Variant of deserve
transitive verbdeserved, deserving
Origin of deserveMiddle English deserven ; from Old French deservir, to deserve ; from Classical Latin deservire, to serve diligently ; from de-, intensive + servire, serve