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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
1570-1580
1570-80; deserve + -ing2
Related forms
deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun
self-deserving, adjective
undeserving, adjective
undeservingly, adverb
undeservingness, noun
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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
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