Deserve De*serve" (d[-e]*z[~e]rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deserved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deserving}.] [OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See {Serve}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. --Job xi. 6. [1913 Webster]

John Gay deserved to be a favorite. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Encouragement is not held out to things that deserve reprehension. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. To serve; to treat; to benefit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

A man that hath So well deserved me. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • deserved — [di zʉrvd′] adj. rightfully earned or merited; just deservedly [dizʉr′vid lē] adv …   English World dictionary

  • deserved — de|served [dıˈzə:vd US ˈzə:rvd] adj earned because of good or bad behaviour, skill, work etc ▪ He has a well deserved reputation as a reliable worker. a deserved win/victory/success etc ▪ Larsson s goal gave Celtic a deserved victory …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • deserved — de|served [ dı zɜrvd ] adjective if something is deserved, it is right that you have or get it: She has a deserved reputation for honesty and sincerity …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • deserved — UK [dɪˈzɜː(r)vd] / US [dɪˈzɜrvd] adjective if something is deserved, it is right that you have it or get it She has a deserved reputation for honesty and sincerity …   English dictionary

  • deserved — adjective Date: circa 1552 of, relating to, or being that which one deserves < a deserved reputation > • deservedly adverb • deservedness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deserved — deservedness /di zerr vid nis/, n. /di zerrvd /, adj. justly or rightly earned; merited: a deserved increase in salary. [1545 55; DESERVE + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

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  • deserved — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. merited, earned, justified, warranted, meet, appropriate, suitable, equitable, right, rightful, proper, fitting, just, due, well deserved; see also fit 1 . Ant. undue*, excessive, inordinate. II (Roget s Thesaurus II)… …   English dictionary for students

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