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deserving

[dih-zur-ving] /dɪˈzɜr vɪŋ/
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 of deserving
1570-1580
1570-80; deserve + -ing2
Related forms
deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun
self-deserving, adjective
undeserving, adjective
undeservingly, adverb
undeservingness, noun

deserve

[dih-zurv] /dɪˈzɜrv/
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
Related forms
deserver, noun
predeserve, verb (used with object), predeserved, predeserving.
Synonyms
1. rate, warrant, justify.
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deserving

/dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
often postpositive and foll by of. worthy, esp of praise or reward
noun
2.
(rare) a merit or demerit; desert
Derived Forms
deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun

deserve

/dɪˈzɜːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
2.
(obsolete) (intransitive) foll by of. to be worthy
Derived Forms
deserved, adjective
deservedness (dɪˈzɜːvɪdnɪs) noun
deserver, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre to serve devotedly, from de- + servīre to serve
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deserve

v.

early 13c., from Old French deservir (Modern French desservir) "deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit," from Latin deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" (see de-) + servire "to serve" (see serve). From "be entitled to because of good service" (a sense found in Late Latin), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of." Related: Deserved; deserving.

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