deserve

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verb de·serve \di-ˈzərv\

Definition of deserve

deserved

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deserving

  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 a worse punishment than he deserved

deserver

noun

Examples of deserve in a Sentence

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

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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 century



DESERVE Defined for Kids

deserve

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verb de·serve \di-ˈzərv\

Definition of deserve for Students

deserved

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deserving

  1. :  to have earned because of some act or quality



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