• A Countryman's Well-deserved Rebuke
    A Countryman's Well-deserved Rebuke
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deserve be worthy or deserving "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i deserve To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well. "One man may merit or deserve of another."
    • Deserve To earn by service; to be worthy of (something due, either good or evil); to merit; to be entitled to; as, the laborer deserves his wages; a work of value deserves praise. "God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth .""John Gay deserved to be a favorite.""Encouragement is not held out to things that deserve reprehension."
    • Deserve To serve; to treat; to benefit. "A man that hath
      So well deserved me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deserve To merit; be worthy of; incur, as something either desirable or undesirable, on account of good or bad qualities or actions; more especially, to have a just claim or right to, in return for services or meritorious actions; be justly entitled to, as wages or a prize.
    • deserve To serve or treat well; benefit.
    • deserve To repay by service; return an equivalent for (service rendered).
    • deserve To require; demand the attention of.
    • deserve To merit; be worthy or deserving: as, he deserves well of his country.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deserve de-zėrv′ to earn by service: to merit
    • v.i Deserve to be worthy of reward
    • n Deserve desert
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  • Walter Gilbey
    Walter Gilbey
    “The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.”
  • Harold Hulbert
    Harold Hulbert
    “Children need love, especially when they don't deserve it.”
  • Proverb
    “First deserve then desire.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.”
  • Doris Lessing
    “Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.”


One good turn deserves another - This means that when people do something good, something good will happen to them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire, to serve zealously, be devoted to; de-, + servire, to serve. See Serve


In literature:

How have I deserved {this}, or offended, father?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
I only know That she deserves you should remember her.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Oh, really, I did not know that they did not consider that a crime deserving of prosecution!
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Kelley plainly deserves preeminence among American composers for his devotion to, and skill in, the finer sorts of humorous music.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Frank deserves the simplest and freshest confidence from me.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Yet the work is far from deserving to be neglected.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
And a party never deserved comfort more.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Have I deserved this fate?
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Though short and unpretending it really deserves to be heard, the music is so full of sweetness, so fresh and pretty.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The Mountain Ash deserves a place on all lawns, large or small.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford

In poetry:

If he his will reveal,
Let us obey his call;
And think whate'er the flesh may feel,
His love deserves our all.
"The Milch Kine Drawing The Ark : Faith's Surrender Of All" by John Newton
This greefe which I feele so rife,
(wretch) I doo deserve as hire:
Since I came to put my life
in the hands of my desire.
"The Nymph Selvagia Her Song" by Bartholomew Young
When we are raised from deep distress,
Our God deserves a song;
We take the pattern of our praise
From Hezekiah's tongue.
"Hymn 55" by Isaac Watts
Save me, O Lord, from every foe;
In thee my trust I place,
Though all the good that I can do
Can ne'er deserve thy grace.
"Psalm 16 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Dost see thy best performances
Deserve but hell indeed?
And hence art led, renouncing these,
Thy Husband's blood to plead?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
And well do I deserve to dwell
Among the fiercest flames in hell,
As I entic'd it often times
To all its unrepented crimes.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Does Amsterdam still deserve the title of the world's most gay-friendly destination.
10 Billboards From Sunset's Rockin' Past That Deserve a Double Take .
The Dovish Editor At More-Than- Dovish Ha'aretz Praises Bibi Netanyahu, And Very Deservedly.
Owen Wilson doesn't deserve ' Drillbit '.
Owen Wilson doesn't deserve 'Drillbit'.
Schumer in '01: Those who attack the US don't deserve same due process as Americans.
There's really NOTHING that deserves that spot on your body.
A BRITISHER'S VIEW: Bklyn principal deserves a dunce 's cap for her mean spirit.
Without further ado, I present to you three different books that may deserve your attention.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Washington wine deserves.
Every kitten and cat here has a story, and each one deserves a happy ending -- a "forever, loving home".
Sometimes, there is stuff that is extraneous on one day but deserving of a platform on another.
Charitable gambling deserves a break.
Their prospective study deserves, however, some statistical and methodological comments.
Allan Kozinn's entreaty that composers compose specifically for the electric guitar deserves to fall on increasingly deafened ears.

In science:

Such a remarkable universality, though not completely unexpected, deserves to be studied in more detail.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
But they seem to be consistent theories with a rich structure, and the study of their two-dimensional analogues has certainly been fruitful, so given the scarcity of higher-dimensional conformal field theories, we think that they do deserve further study on their own.
A class of six-dimensional conformal field theories
There are a number of unusual features of the S 4 system, however, which deserve mention.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Here we will try to give examples, which deserve a particular interest and have previously appeared in different situations.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
No doubt, the problem deserves more theoretical and numerical work.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs