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Meaning of MERIT

Pronunciation:  'merit

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
  2. [n]  any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
  3. [v]  be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"
 

MERIT is a 5 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: deserve, deservingness, meritoriousness, rate, virtue
 
 Antonyms: demerit, fault
 
 See Also: be, worth, worthiness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Mer"it\, n. [F. m['e]rite, L. meritum, fr. merere,
    mereri, to deserve, merit; prob. originally, to get a share;
    akin to Gr. ? part, ? fate, doom, ? to receive as one's
    portion. Cf. {Market}, {Merchant}, {Mercer}, {Mercy}.]
    1. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
    
             Here may men see how sin hath his merit. --Chaucer.
    
             Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
             For things that others do; and when we fall, We
             answer other's merits in our name.    --Shak.
    
    2. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving
       well; worth; excellence.
    
             Reputation is . . . oft got without merit, and lost
             without deserving.                    --Shak.
    
             To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known, And
             every author's merit, but his own.    --Pope.
    
    3. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or
       approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
    
             Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth.
                                                   --Prior.
    
    
  2. \Mer"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Merited}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Meriting}.] [F. m['e]riter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr.
    merere. See {Merit}, n.]
    1. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to
       claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a
       bad sense; as, to merit punishment. ``This kindness merits
       thanks.'' --Shak.
    
    2. To reward. [R. & Obs.] --Chapman.
    
    
  3. \Mer"it\, v. i.
    To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to
    profit. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
    
    
 
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