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Definitions for deserve
dɪˈzɜrvde·serve

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. deserve(Verb)

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

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

  2. deserve(Verb)

    To earn, win.

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

  3. deserve(Verb)

    To reward, to give in return for service.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Deserve(verb)

    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. Deserve(verb)

    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.]

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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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. Matt Duchene:

    The jobs not done, but at the same time this is fun, this has been unbelievable, and we want to finish the job and leave no doubt. Obviously, we have a great opportunity Tuesday at home in front of our fans. I think these fans deserve that we get the job done here at home.

  2. Lance Reynolds:

    It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I know how lucky I was to survive it, it felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and did n’t deserve to participate in.

  3. Judith Butler:

    When some people rejoin with 'All Lives Matter' they misunderstand the problem, but not because their message is untrue. It is true that all lives matter, but it is equally true that not all lives are understood to matter, which is precisely why it is most important to name the lives that have not mattered, and are struggling to matter in the way they deserve, if we jump too quickly to the universal formulation, 'all lives matter,' then we miss the fact that black people have not yet been included in the idea of 'all lives.'.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception, what happened to the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.

  5. House Lee Chatfield:

    The Legislature is the voice of the people, and the people of this state have very serious questions and concerns about how this pandemic is being handled by state officials. We hear about it every day from our constituents, families, friends and neighbors. The people we represent deserve answers, and this bipartisan committee will work hard every day to get them.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. tenebrous
    • B. flabby
    • C. askant
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