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deserving


  4  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]: 
 
  Deserving  \De*serv"ing\,  n. 
  Desert;  merit. 
 
  A  person  of  great  deservings  from  the  republic. 
  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deserving  \De*serv"ing\,  a. 
  Meritorious;  worthy;  as  a  deserving  person  or  act  -- 
  {De*serv"ing*ly},  adv 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deserving 
  adj  :  having  sufficient  worth;  "an  idea  worth  considering";  "a 
  cause  deserving  or  meriting  support";  "the  deserving 
  poor"  (often  used  ironically)  [syn:  {deserving(p)},  {meriting(p)}, 
  {worth(p)}] 




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