Meaning of deserve

de•serve

Pronunciation: (di-zûrv'), [key]
— v., -served, -serv•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; a theory that deserves consideration.
—v.i.
  1. to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as he deserves; an idea deserving of study.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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