Definitions for meritˈmɛr ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mer•itˈmɛr ɪt(n.)

  1. claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth.

  2. something that deserves praise or reward; commendable quality or act:

    Its chief merit is sincerity.

  3. merits, the inherent rights and wrongs of a matter unobscured by procedural details, personal feelings, etc.

  4. Often, merits. the state or fact of deserving; desert:

    to treat people according to their merits.

  5. claim to spiritual reward, earned by the performance of righteous acts.

    Category: Religion

  6. (v.t.)to be worthy of; deserve.

Origin of merit:

1175–1225; ME < L meritum noteworthy act, from neut. of meritus, ptp. of merēre to earn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merit, virtue(noun)

    any admirable quality or attribute

    "work of great merit"

  2. deservingness, merit, meritoriousness(verb)

    the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

    "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"

  3. 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. merit(noun)ˈmɛr ɪt

    a good point or quality that sth or sb has

    a debate on the merits of private education

  2. merit(verb)ˈmɛr ɪt

    (of an action) to be worth doing

    It's one of the town's buildings that merits a visit.


  1. merit(Noun)

    Something worthy of a high rating.

  2. merit(Noun)

    A claim to commendation or reward.

  3. merit(Noun)

    The quality of deserving reward.

  4. merit(Verb)

    To earn or to deserve.

  5. merit(Verb)

    To be worthy or deserving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merit(noun)

    the quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert

  2. Merit(noun)

    esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence

  3. Merit(noun)

    reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits

  4. Merit(noun)

    to earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment

  5. Merit(noun)

    to reward

  6. Merit(verb)

    to acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit


  1. Merit

    Merit is a concept in Buddhism/Hinduism. It is that which accumulates as a result of good deeds, acts, or thoughts and which carries over to throughout the life or the subsequent incarnations. Such merit contributes to a person's growth towards spiritual liberation. Merit can be gained in a number of ways. In addition, according to the Mahayana Sutra of The Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, one can "transfer" 1/7 merit of an act they have performed to a deceased loved one such as in the Shitro practice in order to diminish the deceased's suffering in their new existence. Pariṇāmanā may be rendered as 'transfer of merit' or 'dedication' and involves the transfer of merit as a cause to bring about an effect.

Editors Contribution

  1. merit

    [noun] an advantage or good feature of something [verb] to be good, important, or serious enough for praise or attention

    1. The film has the merit of being short. 2. The great merit of the project is its flexibility and low cost.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merit' in Nouns Frequency: #1931

Anagrams of merit

  1. miter, mitre, remit, timer

  2. Mitre

  3. Remit

  4. Timer

Translations for merit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the quality of worth, excellence or praiseworthiness

He reached his present position through merit.

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