- qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
- meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.
Origin of deserving
- 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 deserving
The bailout crybabies of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and all the rest are easy targets—and deserving ones, too.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
Golden Age-of-TV evangelists prate on about which glorified soap operas are most deserving of our rapt attention.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
The Medal of Honor has been awarded only 13 times in more than a decade of conflict while deserving recipients are passed over.The Medal of Honor Disgrace
Brian Van Reet
March 26, 2014
But Patinkin, 60, is the most deserving of the bunch, and he should be duly recognized along with his Homeland colleagues.Give Mandy Patinkin an Emmy Nomination for ‘Homeland,’ Already!
July 17, 2013
While fighting speech with more speech is a powerful slogan, not every speaker nor every ideology is deserving of a response.Removing the Kahane Google App Isn’t Censorship
July 11, 2013
Rare, indeed, is it to find a deserving peasant without them in France!The Roof of France
And indeed, as I have often said, never was there a young creature so deserving of our love.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Once they were deserving of our protection; now they even neglect to ask it.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Yes, I gave money to some people who, it seems, were not deserving of it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I hope it is deserving the acceptance of the illustrious Caeri.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
- (often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
- rare a merit or demerit; desert
- (tr) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
- (intr foll by of) obsolete to be worthy
Word Origin and History for deserving
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 deserving
see one good turn deserves another.