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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

How to pronounce deserve?

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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. Donald Trump:

    The America We Deserve.

  2. Luke Messer:

    Our veterans deserve better.

  3. English Proverb:

    First deserve, and then desire.

  4. Jennifer Kesse:

    After 12 years, we deserve that.

  5. Fred Allen:

    Do we really deserve top billing?

Images & Illustrations of deserve

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