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deserving

noun de·serv·ing \ -ˈzər-viŋ \

Definition of deserving

:desert, merit
  • reward the proud according to their deservings
  • —Charles Kingsley

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First Known Use of deserving

14th century


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deserving

adjective

Definition of deserving

1 :having good qualities that deserve praise, support, etc. :meritorious, worthy
  • rewarding deserving workers
  • scholarships for deserving students
2 :appropriately having or being given something specified used with of
  • a proposal deserving of support [=a proposal that deserves support]
  • a criminal deserving of punishment

deservingly

adverb

deservingness

noun

Examples of deserving in a Sentence

  1. He's a very deserving young man.

  2. The church provides aid to deserving families.

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First Known Use of deserving

1549


DESERVING Defined for English Language Learners

deserving

adjective

Definition of deserving for English Language Learners

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


DESERVING Defined for Kids

deserving

adjective de·serv·ing \ di-ˈzər-viŋ \

Definition of deserving for Students

:worthy 2
  • The scholarship will go to a deserving student.


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