- Do something or have or show qualities worthy of (reward or punishment): the referee deserves a pat on the back for his bravery [with infinitive]: people who park like that deserve to be towed awayMore example sentences
- He deserves some reward for all the hard work he puts in and now he just has to be more selfish.
- Irate shareholders wondered exactly what he had delivered to deserve such a reward.
- He has a job where most people will not even know he's part of the staff, he deserves a pat on the back.
Middle English: from Old French deservir, from Latin deservire 'serve well or zealously'.