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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deserve, merit(verb)

    be worthy or deserving

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


  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

  4. Origin: [OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See Serve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deserve

    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. deservīrede, inten., servīre, to serve.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DESERVE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DESERVE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of DESERVE in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Barnes:

    We recognize excellence when we see it and if no one is recognized for a particular award, then the standards simply were not met, just because a service member acts heroically doesn't mean they deserve the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  2. Shakera Symes:

    They were home, safe in their house. Understand how important the safety of Isaiah Smith house is, it’s about the answers that we deserve and we need.

  3. Amy Basken:

    It's extraordinarily frustrating and disappointing that more hospitals are not forthcoming, parents deserve the truth.

  4. Jeremy Hunt:

    Scrutiny can be uncomfortable. But if we can't handle it with friends, we won't deserve to lead against our opponents, if you want the job, you have to turn up for the interviews.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    The point is we're creating a culture that is not conducive to good policy or good politics, the American people deserve better.

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