What does merit mean?

Definitions for merit
ˈmɛr ɪtmer·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. merit, virtue(noun)

    any admirable quality or attribute

    "work of great merit"

  2. deservingness, merit, meritoriousness(verb)

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

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

  3. deserve, merit(verb)

    be worthy or deserving

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

Wiktionary

  1. merit(Noun)

    Something worthy of a high rating.

  2. merit(Noun)

    A claim to commendation or reward.

  3. merit(Noun)

    The quality of deserving reward.

  4. merit(Verb)

    To earn or to deserve.

  5. merit(Verb)

    To be worthy or deserving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merit(noun)

    the quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert

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

  2. Merit(noun)

    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. Merit(noun)

    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. Merit(noun)

    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. Merit(noun)

    to reward

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

  6. Merit(verb)

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. merit

    [noun] an advantage or good feature of something [verb] to be good, important, or serious enough for praise or attention

    1. The film has the merit of being short. 2. The great merit of the project is its flexibility and low cost.

    Submitted by Jon Snow on June 17, 2014  

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. Saadi Shirazi:

    When a base fellow cannot vie with another in merit he will attack him with malicious slander.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    To be, or not to be that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

  3. 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.

  4. Robinson Crawford:

    TIPS absolutely merit a place in a Robinson Crawford investor's portfolio, especially those with significant bond holdings, the main issue is that they increase in value in conjunction with the CPI, which many would argue is not an accurate inflation measure.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I have to tell you, some of these people have been here; they've done a good job; in some cases sadly they've been living under the shadows, we have to do something, so whether it's merit, or whether it's whatever, but -- I'm a believer in the merit system. Somebody's been outstanding, we (ought to) try to work something out.

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