Merit

Definition of Merit

Mer´it
n.1.The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
Here may men see how sin hath his merit.
- Chaucer.
2.The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
3.Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Merited; p. pr. & vb. n. Meriting.]
2.To reward.
v. i.1.To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.

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