What does merit mean?

Definitions for merit
ˈmɛr ɪtmer·it

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word merit.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merit, virtuenoun

    any admirable quality or attribute

    "work of great merit"

  2. deservingness, merit, meritoriousnessverb

    the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

    "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"

  3. deserve, meritverb

    be worthy or deserving

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

Wiktionary

  1. meritnoun

    Something worthy of a high rating.

  2. meritnoun

    A claim to commendation or reward.

  3. meritnoun

    The quality of deserving reward.

  4. meritverb

    To earn or to deserve.

  5. meritverb

    To be worthy or deserving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meritnoun

    the quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  2. Meritnoun

    esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  3. Meritnoun

    reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  4. Meritnoun

    to earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  5. Meritnoun

    to reward

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  6. Meritverb

    to acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

Freebase

  1. Merit

    Merit is a concept in Buddhism/Hinduism. It is that which accumulates as a result of good deeds, acts, or thoughts and which carries over to throughout the life or the subsequent incarnations. Such merit contributes to a person's growth towards spiritual liberation. Merit can be gained in a number of ways. In addition, according to the Mahayana Sutra of The Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, one can "transfer" 1/7 merit of an act they have performed to a deceased loved one such as in the Shitro practice in order to diminish the deceased's suffering in their new existence. Pariṇāmanā may be rendered as 'transfer of merit' or 'dedication' and involves the transfer of merit as a cause to bring about an effect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Merit

    mer′it, n. excellence that deserves honour or reward: worth: value: that which one has earned.—v.t. to earn: to have a right to claim as a reward: to deserve: (pl., in law) the right or wrong of a case, apart from questions of procedure.—adj. Meritō′rious, possessing merit or desert: deserving of reward, honour, or praise.—adv. Meritō′riously.—n. Meritō′riousness.—Order for merit, a Prussian order, the military class founded by Frederick the Great in 1740—the civil class, by Frederick William IV. in 1842 for eminence in science and art; Order of merit, place in a class or list in which the best is placed first, the next best second, and so on. [Fr.,—L. meritummerēre, -ĭtum, to obtain as a lot, to deserve.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. merit

    To earn by active service, or by any valuable performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve. Also, the quality or relation of deserving well or ill.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merit' in Nouns Frequency: #1931

Anagrams for merit »

  1. miter, mitre, remit, timer

  2. Mitre

  3. Remit

  4. Timer

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of merit in a Sentence

  1. Justice Anthony Kennedy:

    When you are dealing with a governmental agency, many critical points are matters of public concern, and is it not true that many teachers strongly disagree with the union position on teacher tenure, on merit pay, on merit promotion, on classroom size?

  2. Michele Flournoy:

    Market conditions merit such a step and security dividends will not be fully realized without it.

  3. Cate Blanchett:

    The film asks, did the punishment meted out by CBS merit the so-called crime? truth.

  4. Makan Delrahim:

    By understanding these competitive dynamics, we can understand how the market leaders have monopoly power, how they exercise that monopoly power and whether the source of that power is for merit-based competition or the source of that power is exclusionary.

  5. Mark Arabo:

    If we shift our immigration system to one that benefits solely those of higher merit, of greater education, the Iraqi Christian community is one group that would be heavily impacted, we are people that have been largely disenfranchised by the Iraqi government, not afforded opportunities and education that others were granted. Under Trump’s policies, we would remain subjected to cruel conditions.

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