Meaning of deserving

de•serv•ing

Pronunciation: (di-zûr'ving), [key]
— adj.
  1. qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
  2. meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.
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