Origin of deserving
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 deserving
The bailout crybabies of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and all the rest are easy targets—and deserving ones, too.
Golden Age-of-TV evangelists prate on about which glorified soap operas are most deserving of our rapt attention.
The Medal of Honor has been awarded only 13 times in more than a decade of conflict while deserving recipients are passed over.
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!|Jason Lynch|July 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
While fighting speech with more speech is a powerful slogan, not every speaker nor every ideology is deserving of a response.
She had said she had only come at the instigation of her son, who looked upon Anna as a deserving object of help.The Benefactress|Elizabeth Beauchamp
In its new phase the undertaking has succeeded; and it is not always that fortune descends upon so deserving a head.Picture and Text|Henry James
Windsor is the next town in the colony of New South Wales, which appears to be deserving of a particular notice.Australia, its history and present condition|William Pridden
So they let Joe out of his stall and showed the Deputy how deserving he was of the finest mate that could be in horsedom.The Trimmed Lamp|O. Henry
What it does is not faulty or sinful, or deserving of any punishment.
Word Origin 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.
see one good turn deserves another.