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deserve

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verb de·serve \di-ˈzərv\

Definition of deserve

de·servedde·serv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be worthy of :  merit <deserves another chance>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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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