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deserving

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noun de·serv·ing \-ˈzər-viŋ\

Definition of deserving

  1. :  desert, merit <reward the proud according to their deservings — Charles Kingsley>

14th Century

First Known Use of deserving

14th century


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deserving

adjective de·serv·ing

Definition of deserving

  1. :  meritorious, worthy; especially :  meriting financial aid <scholarships for deserving students>

Examples of deserving in a sentence

  1. He's a very deserving young man.

  2. The church provides aid to deserving families.

1549

First Known Use of deserving

1549


DESERVING Defined for English Language Learners


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deserving

adjective de·serv·ing

Definition of deserving for English Language Learners

  • : having good qualities that deserve praise, support, etc.


DESERVING Defined for Kids

deserving

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adjective de·serv·ing \di-ˈzər-viŋ\

Definition of deserving for Students

  1. :  worthy 2 <The scholarship will go to a deserving student.>



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