What does deserve mean?

Definitions for deserve
dɪˈzɜrvde·serve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deserve, meritverb

    be worthy or deserving

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

Wiktionary

  1. deserveverb

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

    Etymology: From deservir, from deservire, from de- + servire.

  2. deserveverb

    To earn, win.

    Etymology: From deservir, from deservire, from de- + servire.

  3. deserveverb

    To reward, to give in return for service.

    Etymology: From deservir, from deservire, from de- + servire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deserveverb

    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

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

  2. Deserveverb

    to serve; to treat; to benefit

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

  3. Deserveverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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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Numerology

  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. John Barrasso:

    The American people deserve transparency from their leaders, energy Secretary Granholm held millions of dollars of investments in an electric bus company, which was then toured by President Biden. She is playing a leading role in the Biden administration’s promotion of electric vehicles.

  2. Jaime Gonzalez:

    I’ve been cooking for 30 years and I think I deserve an 'I’m sorry' or an excuse.

  3. Rob Smith:

    Nobody is questioning whether people who commit some of the most serious offenses should be held accountable, the question is, do people who are among the most broken, vulnerable and impaired in our society deserve the death penalty.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Commitment to Equality underscores your ethical elegance and highest moral values. Those who cannot treat others with equality, respect and dignity, tend to do so because they are morally bankrupt and not advanced in their thinking. Always be nice to people, and treat them with dignity, respect and equality they deserve.

  5. Mogib Abdullah:

    People do not really have the courage or means and resources to do it, i think they will just have to live with the realities they have. They are trapped and they will continue to be trapped, until the warring parties acknowledge that Yemenis deserve a better life at peace in their own country.

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