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Definition of merit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they merit
    he / she / it merits
    past simple merited
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses) merit (doing) something
  2. 2(formal) to do something to deserve praise, attention, etc. synonym deserve
  3. 3 He claims that their success was not merited. The case does not merit further investigation.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: merit

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