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Meaning of DESERVE

Pronunciation:  di'zurv

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"

DESERVE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: merit, rate
 See Also: be



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*serve"\ (d[-e]*z[~e]rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Deserved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deserving}.] [OF. deservir,
    desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be
    devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See {Serve}.]
    1. To earn by service; to be worthy of (something due, either
       good or evil); to merit; to be entitled to; as, the
       laborer deserves his wages; a work of value deserves
             God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity
             deserveth.                            --Job xi. 6.
             John Gay deserved to be a favorite.   --Thackeray.
             Encouragement is not held out to things that deserve
             reprehension.                         --Burke.
    2. To serve; to treat; to benefit. [Obs.]
             A man that hath So well deserved me.  --Massinger.
  2. \De*serve"\ (d[-e]*z[~e]rv"), v. i.
    To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well.
          One man may merit or deserve of another. --South.