present tense third-person singular of deserve
as in earns
to be or make worthy of (as a reward or punishment) the team really deserved that victory after the way they played

Synonyms & Similar Words


Thesaurus Entries Near deserves

Cite this Entry

“Deserves.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on deserves

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!