Translation of merecer in English:

merecer

vt

  • [premio/castigo/victoria] to deserve merece el respeto y la admiración de todos she deserves everyone's respect and admiration un hecho que merece toda nuestra atención a fact that deserves our full attention, a fact that merits o/or is worthy of our full attention [formal] no mereces la suerte que tienes you don't deserve to be so lucky merecer + infinitivo/infinitive to deserve to + infinitivo/infinitive mereció ganar he deserved to winmerecer que + subjuntivo/subjunctive merece que le den el puesto she deserves to get the job merece que lo metan en la cárcel he deserves to be put in prison edad, pena

merecerse v pron

  • (enfático/emphatic) [premio/castigo] to deserve qué marido tienes, no te lo mereces what a wonderful husband you have, you don't deserve him te lo tienes bien merecido it serves you right, you deserve it tiene la bien merecida fama de mujeriego he has a well-deserved reputation as a womanizer merecerse + infinitivo/infinitive to deserve to + infinitivo/infinitive se mereció ganar el concurso she deserved to win the contestmerecerse que + subjuntivo/subjunctive se merece que le den el trabajo she deserves to get the job te mereces que te den una buena paliza you deserve a good hiding

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