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
Now Rare desert; merit or demerit
Worthy, as of reward, praise, or aid.
(comparative more deserving, superlative most deserving)
- Present participle of deserve.