Definition of deserving adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

deserving

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//dɪˈzərvɪŋ//
 
deserving (of something)(formal)
 
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that deserves help, praise, a reward, etc. to give money to a deserving cause This family is one of the most deserving cases. an issue deserving of attention A distinction was made between the deserving and the undeserving poor. opposite undeserving
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