deserve

[[t]dɪzɜ͟ː(r)v[/t]]
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deserves, deserving, deserved
1) VERB If you say that a person or thing deserves something, you mean that they should have it or receive it because of their actions or qualities.

[V n] Government officials clearly deserve some of the blame as well...

[V n] They know the sport inside out, and we treat them with the respect they deserve...

[V to-inf] These people deserve to make more than the minimum wage...

[V to-inf] His children's books are classics that deserve to be much better known...

[V compar] By the time I left he'd become pretty hostile. I felt I deserved better than that...

[V-ed] The Park Hotel has been in business since 1834 and has a well-deserved reputation.

2) PHRASE (feelings) If you say that someone got what they deserved, you mean that they deserved the bad thing that happened to them, and you have no sympathy for them.

One of them said the two dead joy riders got what they deserved.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • deserve — deserve, merit, earn, rate mean to be or become worthy of something as recompense whether by way of reward or punishment. Deserve implies a just claim which entitles one to something good or evil, usually on the ground of actions done or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Deserve — De*serve (d[ e]*z[ e]rv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deserved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deserving}.] [OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be devoted to; de + servire to serve. See {Serve}.] 1. To earn by service; to be worthy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deserve — de*serve (d[ e]*z[ e]rv ), v. i. To be worthy of recompense; usually with ill or with well. [1913 Webster] One man may merit or deserve of another. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deserve — early 13c., from O.Fr. deservir (Mod.Fr. desservir) deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit, from L. deservire serve well, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + servire to serve (see SERVE (Cf. serve)). From be entitled to because of good s …   Etymology dictionary

  • deserve — [di zʉrv′] vt. deserved, deserving [ME deserven < OFr deservir, to deserve < L deservire, to serve diligently < de , intens. + servire, SERVE] to have a right to because of acts or qualities; be worthy of (reward, punishment, etc.);… …   English World dictionary

  • deserve — index earn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deserve — [v] be entitled to be given one’s due*, be in line for*, be worthy of, demand, earn, gain, get, get comeuppance*, get what is coming to one*, have it coming*, have the right to, justify, lay claim to, merit, procure, rate, warrant, win; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • deserve — ► VERB ▪ do something or show qualities worthy of (a reward or punishment as appropriate). DERIVATIVES deservedly adverb. ORIGIN Latin deservire serve well or zealously …   English terms dictionary

  • deserve — de|serve W3S2 [dıˈzə:v US ə:rv] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin deservire to serve very keenly , from servire to serve ] 1.) to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour ▪ What have I done to deserve this?… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deserve — verb (T) 1 to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour: You ve been working all morning I think you deserve a rest. | deserve to do sth: The team deserves to win. | deserve it: Yeah, I hit him but he deserved it. | get what you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • deserve */*/ — UK [dɪˈzɜː(r)v] / US [dɪˈzɜrv] verb [transitive] Word forms deserve : present tense I/you/we/they deserve he/she/it deserves present participle deserving past tense deserved past participle deserved 1) if you deserve something, it is right that… …   English dictionary

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