[ dih-zur-ving ]
/ dɪˈzɜr vɪŋ /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM deserving
de·serv·ing·ly, adverbde·serv·ing·ness, nounself-de·serv·ing, adjectiveun·de·serv·ing, adjective
un·de·serv·ing·ly, adverbun·de·serv·ing·ness, noun
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How to use deserving in a sentence
There’s so many guys who are more than deserving of being where I am, so please believe I don’t take it for granted.Wizards guard Bradley Beal earns first NBA All-Star Game starting nod|Ava Wallace|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
Less fawning is a start, but I’d rather shine a light on the industry’s better bosses who may be less well known but equally deserving of acclaim.The Toxicity of Restaurant Kitchens Is Exactly Why I Never Reported Abuses|Lindsey Danis|February 4, 2021|Eater
It’s as though in our mind, people in economically challenged communities are not deserving of some of the finer things that we placed in other communities.A Leading NYC Mayoral Candidate Thinks Roof Farms Can Save America’s Cities|Amanda Kludt|January 14, 2021|Eater
One team executive suggested teams could meet with 15 or so initial candidates for a few hours over video conference, and doing so would give them a better chance to discover a deserving but unheralded candidate.The NFL has tried to address its minority hiring problem. Will this year be different?|Adam Kilgore|December 17, 2020|Washington Post
Still, Arnold never forgave the stab that was then so deservingly yet so pityingly dealt him.
British Dictionary definitions for deserving
/ (dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ) /
(often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
rare a merit or demerit; desert
Derived forms of deservingdeservingly, adverbdeservingness, noun
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