Deserve

Definition of Deserve

De`serve´   Pronunciation: dė`zẽrv´
v. t.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 praise.
[imp. & p. p. Deserved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deserving.]
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.
A man that hath
So well deserved me.
- Massinger.
v. i.1.To be worthy of recompense; - usually with ill or with well.
One man may merit or deserve of another.
- South.

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