Definitions for deserve
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word deserve.
be worthy or deserving
"You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.
To earn, win.
To reward, to give in return for service.
Etymology: From deservir, from deservire, from de- + servire.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: deservir, French.
Those they honoured, as having power to work or cease, as men deserved of them. Richard Hooker, b. i.
Some of us love you well; and ev’n those some
Envy your great deservings, and good name. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.
All friends shall taste
The wages of their virtue, and all foes
The cup of their deservings. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
What he deserves of you and me I know. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.
Yet well, if here would end
The misery: I deserv’d it, and would bear
My own deservings. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 727.
Courts are the places where best manners flourish,
Where the deserving ought to rise. Thomas Otway, Orphan.
A mother cannot give him death; though he
Deserves it, he deserves it not from me. John Dryden, Ovid.
Since my Orazia’s death I have not seen
A beauty so deserving to be queen,
He had been a person of great deservings from the republick, was an admirable speaker, and very popular. Jonathan Swift.
According to the rule of natural justice one man may merit and deserve of another. Robert South, Sermons.
Desert () in philosophy is the condition of being deserving of something, whether good or bad. It is sometimes called moral desert to clarify the intended usage and distinguish it from the dry desert biome. It is a concept often associated with justice: that good deeds should be rewarded and evil deeds punished.
Deserve generally refers to being worthy or entitled to something based on one's actions, qualities, or circumstances. It implies that an individual has earned or is deserving of a particular treatment, reward, or outcome.
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
to serve; to treat; to benefit
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
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. deservīre—de, inten., servīre, to serve.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'deserve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4748
Rank popularity for the word 'deserve' in Verbs Frequency: #557
The numerical value of deserve in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of deserve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
Our cities are being undermined. And we do n’t deserve this. Migrants do n’t deserve this. And people who live in the cities do n’t deserve this, we expect more from our national leaders to address this issue in a real way.
My brothers don’t deserve this, my sister don’t deserve this, I don’t deserve this, she didn’t deserve that, i’m terribly angry about it. I don’t understand why anyone would want to do that to my mom… She always had a good heart, wanted the best for everybody.
I believe victims of the Pulse shooting deserve better, we deserve better security protection than what was provided. We deserve to be rescued sooner by law enforcement officers who made strategic decisions to wait.
I'm sorry most of all that I let William Swor down. William Swor deserve better. William Swor deserve accountability. William Swor deserve to know that the buck stops here with me.
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- merèixer, meritarCatalan, Valencian
- merità, miritàCorsican
- zasloužit, zasloužit siCzech
- merecer, meritarSpanish
- استحقاق داشتنPersian
- megérdemel, érdemelHungarian
- berhak mendapatIndonesian
- meritare, meritarsiItalian
- 받을 만하다Korean
- mereō, dignaLatin
- zasłużyć, zasługiwaćPolish
- meritar, maritar, meriter, miritarRomansh
- заслужи́ть, заслу́живатьRussian
- menèsciri, meritare, meresci, meritai, manesci, merèsciri, merèssere, merèschere, medèsciriSardinian
- заврије́дјети, zaslúžiti, заслу́жити, zavrijédjetiSerbo-Croatian
- zaslúžiť siSlovak
- förtjäna, fSwedish
- అర్హత కలిగి ఉండిన, అర్హతTelugu
- hak etmekTurkish
- xứng đángVietnamese
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