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Translation of mériter in English:

verbe transitif

  • (personne, action)
    to deserve (estime, encouragements, récompense, punition)
    il mériterait qu'on lui fasse subir le même sort
    he deserves the same treatment, it would serve him right if somebody did the same to him
    tu n'as que ce que tu mérites
    you've got (anglais britannique) ou gotten (anglais américain) what you deserve, it serves you right
    un délit qui mérite une peine très lourde
    a crime that warrants ou deserves a very heavy penalty
    mériter d'être lu
    to be worth reading
    l'endroit mérite le détour
    this place is worth the detour
    mériter réflexion
    to be worth considering
    cette théorie mérite qu'on s'y intéresse
    this theory is worth studying
    il a reçu une gifle et il l'a bien méritée
    he got a slap round (anglais britannique) ou in the face and it was nothing less than he deserved
    succès/repos (bien) mérité
    well- deserved success/rest
    punition/récompense méritée
    well-deserved punishment/reward
    sa lettre mérite une réponse
    his/her letter merits a reply

also: mériter de verbe transitif indirect

  • avoir bien mérité de la patrie
    to have earned the recognition of one's countrymen

also: se mériter verbe pronominal

  • c'est quelque chose qui se mérite
    it's something that has to be earned

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