Deserve Definition

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To have a right to because of acts or qualities; be worthy of (reward, punishment, etc.); merit.
Webster's New World
To be worthy.
Webster's New World

To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.

After playing so well, the team really deserved their win.
After what he did, he deserved to go to prison.
This argument deserves a closer examination.

Origin of Deserve

  • Middle English deserven from Old French deservir from Latin dēservīre to serve zealously dē- intensive pref. de– servīre to serve serve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre, from de- + servīre.

    From Wiktionary

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