Deserve meaning

dĭ-zûrv
Deserve is defined as to be worthy or of qualified for.

An example of deserve is for the winner to be entitled to a prize after winning a triathlon.

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To be worthy.
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To be worthy of; merit.

She deserves a raise. He deserves to be treated with respect.

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

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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