deserving

[ dih-zur-ving ]
/ dɪˈzɜr vɪŋ /

adjective

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

First recorded in 1570–80; deserve + -ing2

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Definition for deserving (2 of 2)

deserve

[ dih-zurv ]
/ dɪˈzɜrv /

verb (used with object), de·served, de·serv·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·served, de·serv·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.

Origin of deserve

1250–1300; Middle English deserven < Anglo-French, Old French deservir, Latin dēservīre to devote oneself to the service of, equivalent to dē- de- + servīre to serve

Related forms

de·serv·er, nounpre·de·serve, verb (used with object), pre·de·served, pre·de·serv·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for deserving (1 of 2)

deserving

/ (dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ) /

adjective

(often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward

noun

rare a merit or demerit; desert

Derived Forms

deservingly, adverbdeservingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for deserving (2 of 2)

deserve

/ (dɪˈzɜːv) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

deserved, adjectivedeservedness (dɪˈzɜːvɪdnɪs), noundeserver, noun

Word Origin for deserve

C13: from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre to serve devotedly, from de- + servīre to serve
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Idioms and Phrases with deserving

deserve


see one good turn deserves another.

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