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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To deserve
Collins
World English Dictionary
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

deserve

see one good turn deserves another.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The way you gain people's trust is to earn it over time by repeatedly proving
  that you deserve it.
This book is too small to make a completely persuasive argument, but its
  findings deserve further examination and discussion.
But those, like the correspondent, who did object raised important concerns
  that deserve attention.
You really do deserve a Knighthood for your invention.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature