deserving

[dih-zur-ving]
adjective
1.
qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
2.
meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.

Origin:
1570–80; deserve + -ing2

deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun
self-deserving, adjective
undeserving, adjective
undeservingly, adverb
undeservingness, noun
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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

deserving (dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ)
 
adj (often postpositive and foll by of)
1.  worthy, esp of praise or reward
 
n
2.  rare a merit or demerit; desert
 
de'servingly
 
adv
 
de'servingness
 
n

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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."
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Example sentences
There will be billions more people wanting and deserving to boost themselves
  out of poverty.
Many people serve these by making themselves seem more important and more
  deserving of public wealth.
As has been pointed out, there are many other hazards more deserving of concern.
It's an interesting and important question deserving rational, unbiased
  examination.
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