Definition of deserve
: to be worthy of : merit deserves another chance
: to be worthy, fit, or suitable for some reward or requital … have become recognized as they deserve. — T. S. Eliot a worse punishment than he deserved
Examples of deserve in a Sentence
the team really deserved that victory after the way they played
Recent Examples of deserve from the Web
Saban deserves that $11.5 million, like LeBron should make $100 million.
In the loss, Aberdeen pitcher Tobias Myers (2-2) deserved a better fate.
All’Acqua Atwater Village, Italian $$ Every neighborhood deserves access to primo charcuterie, cacio e pepe, and pizzas decked out with soppressata and Calabrian chiles.
Our nation’s children deserve to experience summer breaks filled with fun, not hunger pangs.
Simply put, these institutions are a part of our country’s history and deserve to live.
Vile and threatening comments on social media to myself and my family isn't deserved.
Our list includes recent titles as well as some oldies that deserve reacquaintance.
But Bowen said that, in his view, meeting minimum requirements shouldn’t need and didn’t deserve bonus pay.
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Origin and Etymology of deserve
Middle English, from Anglo-French deservir, from Latin deservire to devote oneself to, from de- + servire to serve
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
DESERVE Defined for Kids
Definition of deserve for Students
: to have earned because of some act or quality
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