deserve

  • 1 deserve — deserve, merit, earn, rate mean to be or become worthy of something as recompense whether by way of reward or punishment. Deserve implies a just claim which entitles one to something good or evil, usually on the ground of actions done or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 deserve — de*serve (d[ e]*z[ e]rv ), v. i. To be worthy of recompense; usually with ill or with well. [1913 Webster] One man may merit or deserve of another. South. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 deserve — early 13c., from O.Fr. deservir (Mod.Fr. desservir) deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit, from L. deservire serve well, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + servire to serve (see SERVE (Cf. serve)). From be entitled to because of good s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 deserve — [di zʉrv′] vt. deserved, deserving [ME deserven < OFr deservir, to deserve < L deservire, to serve diligently < de , intens. + servire, SERVE] to have a right to because of acts or qualities; be worthy of (reward, punishment, etc.);… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 deserve — index earn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 deserve — [v] be entitled to be given one’s due*, be in line for*, be worthy of, demand, earn, gain, get, get comeuppance*, get what is coming to one*, have it coming*, have the right to, justify, lay claim to, merit, procure, rate, warrant, win; concept… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 deserve — ► VERB ▪ do something or show qualities worthy of (a reward or punishment as appropriate). DERIVATIVES deservedly adverb. ORIGIN Latin deservire serve well or zealously …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 deserve — de|serve W3S2 [dıˈzə:v US ə:rv] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin deservire to serve very keenly , from servire to serve ] 1.) to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour ▪ What have I done to deserve this?… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 deserve — verb (T) 1 to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour: You ve been working all morning I think you deserve a rest. | deserve to do sth: The team deserves to win. | deserve it: Yeah, I hit him but he deserved it. | get what you… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 deserve */*/ — UK [dɪˈzɜː(r)v] / US [dɪˈzɜrv] verb [transitive] Word forms deserve : present tense I/you/we/they deserve he/she/it deserves present participle deserving past tense deserved past participle deserved 1) if you deserve something, it is right that… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 deserve — de|serve [ dı zɜrv ] verb transitive ** 1. ) if you deserve something, it is right that you get it, for example because of the way you have behaved: After five hours on your feet you deserve a break. After the way he treated Millie, he deserves… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 deserve — v. 1) to deserve richly 2) (E) she deserved to win 3) (G) he deserved being recommended for a decoration 4) (misc.) to deserve ill of; to deserve well of * * * [dɪ zɜːv] to deserve well of (E) she deserved to win (G) he deserved being recommended …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 deserve — verb ADVERB ▪ certainly, definitely, really, surely ▪ You really deserve a medal! ▪ probably ▪ justly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 deserve — [[t]dɪzɜ͟ː(r)v[/t]] ♦♦♦ deserves, deserving, deserved 1) VERB If you say that a person or thing deserves something, you mean that they should have it or receive it because of their actions or qualities. [V n] Government officials clearly deserve… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 deserve — 01. He worked so hard; he [deserved] to win the award. 02. No one is more [deserving] of a promotion than Donna. She works harder than anyone. 03. I don t think anyone [deserves] to die, not even a murderer. 04. She [deserved] a higher mark, but… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 deserve*/*/ — [dɪˈzɜːv] verb [T] 1) if you deserve something, it is right that you get it, because of the way that you are or the way that you have behaved After five hours on your feet you deserve a break.[/ex] Chambers got what he deserved (= was punished… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 deserve — deserver, n. /di zerrv /, v., deserved, deserving. v.t. 1. to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; a theory that… …

    Universalium

  • 19 deserve — de•serve [[t]dɪˈzɜrv[/t]] v. served, serv•ing 1) to merit, qualify for, or have a claim to (reward, punishment, aid, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or circumstances: to deserve a pay raise; to deserve exile[/ex] 2) to be worthy of,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 deserve — verb (deserved; deserving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French deservir, from Latin deservire to devote oneself to, from de + servire to serve Date: 13th century transitive verb to be worthy of ; merit < deserve …

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