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

 

merit

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they merit
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪt//
 
he / she / it merits
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪts//
 
past simple merited
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪtɪd//
 
past participle merited
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪtɪd//
 
past simple meriting
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪtɪŋ//
 
past participle meriting
BrE BrE//ˈmerɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmerɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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(not used in the progressive tenses) merit (doing) something (formal) to do something to deserve praise, attention, etc. synonym deserve He claims that their success was not merited. The case does not merit further investigation. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘deserved reward or punishment’): via Old French from Latin meritum ‘due reward’, from mereri ‘earn, deserve’.Extra examples The question hardly merits an answer. His discussion paper merits further consideration. Their efforts merit recognition. This problem merits expert advice.
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