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deserve

[ dih-zurv ]
/ d瑟藞z蓽rv /
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verb (used with object), de路served, de路serv路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), de路served, de路serv路ing.
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.
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Origin of deserve

1250鈥1300; Middle English deserven<Anglo-French, Old French deservir,Latin d膿serv墨re to devote oneself to the service of, equivalent to d膿-de- + serv墨re to serve

OTHER WORDS FROM deserve

de路serv路er, nounpre路de路serve, verb (used with object), pre路de路served, pre路de路serv路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for deserve

deserve
/ (d瑟藞z蓽藧v) /

verb
(tr) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
(intr foll by of) obsolete to be worthy

Derived forms of deserve

deserved, adjectivedeservedness (d瑟藞z蓽藧v瑟dn瑟s), noundeserver, noun

Word Origin for deserve

C13: from Old French deservir, from Latin d膿serv墨re to serve devotedly, from de- + serv墨re to serve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with deserve

deserve

see one good turn deserves another.

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