verb (used with object), de·served, de·serv·ing.
verb (used without object), de·served, de·serv·ing.
Origin of deserve
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|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They deserve every penny and more: booking a four week tour is a huge job.
In no way, he said, did Brown deserve to die for what began as petty theft.
They were advised to “try showing a little class” and “[d]ress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”
All of these people, and millions more like them, deserve a little overtime.
May we all reach that union; may we deserve it; may we inhabit it for ever and ever.
Nations and men are only the best when they are the gladdest, and deserve heaven when they enjoy it.
He tells me to say he does not wish to attack and shoot you all down, though you deserve it.The Kopje Garrison|George Manville Fenn
“You deserve them all,” exclaimed the Monarch, in the warmth of his emotion.The Seven Champions of Christendom|W. H. G. Kingston
He never recommended his sons to the people, without adding these words, "If they deserve it."The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete|C. Suetonius Tranquillus
British Dictionary definitions for deserve
Word Origin for deserve
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.
Idioms and Phrases with deserve
see one good turn deserves another.