Definitions for deservedɪˈzɜrv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•servedɪˈzɜrv(v.)-served, -serv•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to merit, qualify for, or have a claim to (reward, punishment, aid, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or circumstances:

    to deserve a pay raise; to deserve exile.

  2. (v.i.)to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, etc.:

    an idea deserving of study.

Origin of deserve:

1250–1300; ME < OF deservir, L dēservīre to serve zealously


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deserve, merit(verb)

    be worthy or deserving

    "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. deserve(verb)ɪˈzɜrv

    to be justified in getting sth

    He deserves to be included on the team.; Nobody deserves to die.; It was a terrible concert - her fans deserve better.


  1. deserve(Verb)

    To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.

  2. deserve(Verb)

    To earn, win.

  3. deserve(Verb)

    To reward, to give in return for service.

  4. Origin: From deservir, from deservire, from de- + servire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deserve(verb)

    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

  2. Deserve(verb)

    to serve; to treat; to benefit

  3. Deserve(verb)

    to be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deserve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4748

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deserve' in Verbs Frequency: #557

Anagrams of deserve

  1. severed

Translations for deserve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to have earned as a right by one's actions; to be worthy of

He deserves recognition of his achievements.

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