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deserve


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deserve  \De*serve"\  (d[-e]*z[~e]rv"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Deserved};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Deserving}.]  [OF.  deservir, 
  desservir  to  merit,  L.  deservire  to  serve  zealously,  be 
  devoted  to  de-  +  servire  to  serve.  See  {Serve}.] 
  1.  To  earn  by  service;  to  be  worthy  of  (something  due,  either 
  good  or  evil);  to  merit;  to  be  entitled  to  as  the 
  laborer  deserves  his  wages;  a  work  of  value  deserves 
  praise. 
 
  God  exacteth  of  thee  less  than  thine  iniquity 
  deserveth  --Job  xi  6. 
 
  John  Gay  deserved  to  be  a  favorite.  --Thackeray. 
 
  Encouragement  is  not  held  out  to  things  that  deserve 
  reprehension.  --Burke. 
 
  2.  To  serve;  to  treat;  to  benefit.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  man  that  hath  So  well  deserved  me  --Massinger. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deserve  \De*serve"\  (d[-e]*z[~e]rv"),  v.  i. 
  To  be  worthy  of  recompense;  --  usually  with  ill  or  with  well 
 
  One  man  may  merit  or  deserve  of  another.  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deserve 
  v  :  be  worthy  of  or  have  a  certain  rating  [syn:  {rate},  {merit}] 




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