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deserving

[ dih-zur-ving ]
/ dɪˈzɜr vɪŋ /
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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.
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Origin of deserving

First recorded in 1570–80; deserve + -ing2

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British Dictionary definitions for deserving

deserving
/ (dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ) /

adjective
(often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
noun
rare a merit or demerit; desert

Derived forms of deserving

deservingly, adverbdeservingness, noun
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