- 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 deserves consideration.
- to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as he deserves; an idea deserving of study.
Origin of deserve
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Examples from the Web for deserve
Tavakoli and the scores of other activists, bloggers, journalists and lawyers jailed in Iran deserve our unwavering support.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
They deserve every penny and more: booking a four week tour is a huge job.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
In no way, he said, did Brown deserve to die for what began as petty theft.A Black Cop’s Tough Words for Mike Brown
Mary M. Chapman
December 3, 2014
They were advised to “try showing a little class” and “[d]ress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”Let’s Not Forget: We Were All Teenagers Once
December 1, 2014
All of these people, and millions more like them, deserve a little overtime.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
"Many have had that reputation who do not deserve it," said Robert.Brave and Bold
The only man in the world, surely, that could offer so much, and deserve so little!
If all be true that is said, Mr. Lovelace cannot deserve you.
He, with an imperious air, bid me deserve his love, and I should be sure to have it.
And you deserve the best that the Harlowe House girls can give you.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- (tr) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
- (intr foll by of) obsolete to be worthy
Word Origin and History for deserve
early 13c., from Old French deservir (Modern French desservir) "deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit," from Latin deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" (see de-) + servire "to serve" (see serve). From "be entitled to because of good service" (a sense found in Late Latin), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of." Related: Deserved; deserving.