What does deserve mean?

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. Ginny Burdick:

    The Republicans are denying their constituents the representation they deserve and shutting down our democratic institution, serving in the Legislature is a great honor. Walking out on the job is dishonorable and disrespectful. I am disappointed in The Republicans for taking this irresponsible action.

  2. Michelle Manhart:

    I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.

  3. Nabeel Rajab:

    We raised extreme concern about the effects that isolated detention would have on Nabeel's health and we were ignored. Nabeel never suffered heart problems before. My husband is a human rights defender and does not deserve this treatment.

  4. Kay Ivey:

    These allegations are deeply disturbing, i will hold judgment until we know the facts. The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth and will make their own decisions.

  5. Voltaire:

    Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.

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