Definition of deserve in English:
Do something or have or show qualities worthy of (a reaction which rewards or punishes as appropriate): the referee deserves a pat on the back [with infinitive]: we didn’t deserve to win
More 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.
merit, earn, warrant, rate, justify, be worthy of, be entitled to, have a right to, have a claim on, be qualified for, be good enough for
well earned, well deserved, earned, merited, warranted, justified, justifiable;
rightful, due, right, just, fair, fitting, appropriate, suitable, proper, reasonable, apt
- 1deserve a medal
- Have done something considered especially praiseworthy or heroic: as a psychiatric nurse he deserves a medal, anywayMore example sentences
- The firefighters were amazing, and the gas man deserves a medal.
- ‘I was so impressed with the organisation of the car park and the buses. Whoever organised it deserves a medal as do all the staff who were so positive and helpful,’ he said.
- This lady, who in my opinion deserves a medal, her family, and the decent law-abiding people of this country, have been seriously let down by the legal system and by the police.
- 2deserve well (or ill) of
- Be worthy of good (or bad) treatment at the hands of.Example sentences
- ‘Zola’, he said, ‘deserves well of his country for not having lost faith in its ability to rule by law’ and concluded, ‘he was a moment in the history of human conscience.’
- The names of those who deserve well of their country would swell this report to too great dimensions.
- We hope that you will agree that she has, indeed, served us well and deserves well of us in return.
Middle English: from Old French deservir, from Latin deservire 'serve well or zealously'.
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