be worthy or deserving
"You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.
To earn, win.
To reward, to give in return for service.
Origin: From deservir, from deservire, from de- + servire.
to earn by service; to be worthy of (something due, either good or evil); to merit; to be entitled to; as, the laborer deserves his wages; a work of value deserves praise
to serve; to treat; to benefit
to be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well
Origin: [OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See Serve.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-zėrv′, v.t. to earn by service: to merit.—v.i. to be worthy of reward.—adj. Deserv′ing, worthy.—n. desert.—advs. Deserv′ingly, Deserv′edly, according to desert: justly. [Fr.,—L. deservīre—de, inten., servīre, to serve.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'deserve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4748
Rank popularity for the word 'deserve' in Verbs Frequency: #557
The numerical value of deserve in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of deserve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
They deserve our support and our appreciation and they also probably deserve higher salaries.
Whatever it was, he did not deserve to die this way, he did not deserve for them to shoot at him like they did.
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Translations for deserve
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- meritar, merèixerCatalan, Valencian
- mirità, meritàCorsican
- meritar, merecerSpanish
- استحقاق داشتنPersian
- érdemel, megérdemelHungarian
- berhak mendapatIndonesian
- meritarsi, meritareItalian
- zasłużyć, zasługiwaćPolish
- miritar, maritar, meritar, meriterRomansh
- заслужи́ть, заслу́живатьRussian
- merèschere, merèsciri, meritare, menèsciri, meresci, meritai, manesci, medèsciri, merèssereSardinian
- заврије́дјети, zaslúžiti, заслу́жити, zavrijédjetiSerbo-Croatian
- zaslúžiť siSlovak
- förtjäna, fSwedish
- అర్హత కలిగి ఉండినTelugu
- hak etmekTurkish
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