de serve

deserve

[dih-zurv]
verb (used with object), deserved, deserving.
1.
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), deserved, deserving.
2.
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:
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

deserver, noun
predeserve, verb (used with object), predeserved, predeserving.


1. rate, warrant, justify.
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deserve (dɪˈzɜːv)
 
vb (foll by of)
1.  (tr) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
2.  obsolete to be worthy
 
[C13: from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre to serve devotedly, from de- + servīre to serve]
 
de'served
 
adj
 
deservedness
 
n
 
de'server
 
n

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deserve
late 13c., from O.Fr. deservir, from L. deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" + servire "to serve." From "be entitled to because of good service" (s sense found in L.L.), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of."
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