verb de·serve \di-ˈzərv\

Definition of DESERVE

transitive verb
:  to be worthy of :  merit <deserves another chance>
intransitive verb
:  to be worthy, fit, or suitable for some reward or requital <have become recognized as they deserve — T. S. Eliot>
de·serv·er noun

Examples of DESERVE

  1. <the team really deserved that victory after the way they played>

Origin of DESERVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French deservir, from Latin deservire to devote oneself to, from de- + servire to serve
First Known Use: 13th century

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