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Definition of deserve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

deserve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deserve
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrv//
 
he / she / it deserves
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrvz//
 
past simple deserved
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrvd//
 
past participle deserved
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɜːrvd//
 
past simple deserving
BrE BrE//ˈzɜːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɜːrvɪŋ//
 
past participle deserving
BrE BrE//ˈzɜːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɜːrvɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (not used in the progressive tenses) if somebody/something deserves something, it is right that they should have it, because of the way they have behaved or because of what they are deserve something You deserve a rest after all that hard work. The report deserves careful consideration. One player in particular deserves a mention. What have I done to deserve this? deserve to do something They didn't deserve to win. He deserves to be locked up for ever for what he did. deserve doing something Several other points deserve mentioning.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French deservir, from Latin deservire ‘serve well or zealously’.Extra examples He finally received the recognition that he so richly deserved. His work received only a tiny mention in the journal; he deserves better. It’s true she made a mistake but she hardly deserves to lose her job. Philip’s efforts clearly deserve praise. She deserves some reward for all her hard work. This hotel fully deserves its four-star grading. You really deserve a medal! They didn’t deserve to win.Idioms
    somebody deserves a medal
     
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    (informal) used to say that you admire somebody because they have done something difficult or unpleasant She deserves a medal for teaching those 5-year-olds all day!
    get what you deserve, deserve all/everything you get
     
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    (informal) used to say that you think somebody has earned the bad things that happen to them
    one good turn deserves another
     
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    (saying) you should help somebody who has helped you
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deserve