AskDefine | Define deserve

Dictionary Definition

deserve v : be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done" [syn: merit]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /dɪˈzɜːv/, /dI"z3:v/
  • (US) /dɪˈzɝv/, /dI"z3`v/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)v


  1. To earn or merit a reward or punishment.
    This user thinks Wikimedia deserves the Nobel prize.

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to merit

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