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
Health care is now seen as something everyone deserves.
As the VA relies more on private providers for the provision of medical care, this increase in administrative staff adds more red tape and will not improve the clinical needs veterans deserve.
Here's a list of albums which deserve to be regarded as crown jewels of one of rap's most prolific regions.
What Seattle deserves is a great arena based on a great vision.
Critics on social media, meanwhile, questioned whether British Airways deserved to claim itself as the U.K.’s flag carrier after the perpetual cutbacks.
Opinions flowed like rosé, arguments flashed like paparazzi cameras, as the industry’s relationship to Silicon Valley, the fate of the old-school movie theater and the kind of screen content that deserves to be called art were discussed and debated.
Every patient wants — and deserves — to win the Doctor Lottery.
In the annals of the Trump era, May 25, 2017, will deserve a special mark.
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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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