Definition of 'deserve'
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We probably ought to say things like this more often because referees deserve genuine respect. The Sun (2017)They were much deserved and much needed. The Sun (2017)Our members deserve to know their jobs are safe. The Sun (2016)This meant that manual work was not getting the respect it deserved. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In the second half we were much better and deserved to win. The Sun (2017)He may react badly but he deserves to know. The Sun (2016)People are not treating the elderly with the respect they deserve. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They all deserved so much better. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I thought she deserved to know. The Sun (2016)He deserves to be received and heard with courtesy. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was a lot of effort but that person deserved it. The Sun (2011)You deserve so much better but may need help to value yourself more highly. The Sun (2009)Wolves will know we deserved something from that. The Sun (2015)The people you serve deserve your respect. The Guide to Greatness in Sales (1994)The company has a deserved reputation for reliability. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We did so much to deserve more goals. The Sun (2015)The people who pay your licence fee deserve to know. The Sun (2014)The middle class did not receive the respect it deserved while things were going its way. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Golf has so many courteous practices that it deserves its reputation as a gentlemanly game. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We deserved so much more out of it. The Sun (2012)It deserves to know what they do. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It deserves more respect than it gets for both quality of engineering and overall reliability. The Sun (2015)Politicians may enjoy being nasty to bankers and no doubt bankers deserve much of what they get. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He should be afforded the respect he deserves. The Sun (2016)The form has been let down since and he has shot up nearly a stone but he clearly deserved the rise. The Sun (2012)Some persons do not deserve forgiveness. Christianity Today (2000)This pair clearly deserve each other. The Sun (2016)To enter, write telling us why you think that special person deserves recognition. The Sun (2009)When was the last time the referee cost United the result they so clearly deserved? Times, Sunday Times (2010)She's the person who deserves most credit. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The fruit of years of hard work will be open to the highest bidder, and you want to make sure you receive what you deserve. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Translations for 'deserve'
British English: deserve /dɪˈzɜːv/ VERB
If you say that someone deserves something, you mean that they should have it or do it because of their qualities or actions.
`He deserved to suffer,' she said angrily.
- American English: deserve
- Arabic: يَسْتَحِقُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: merecer
- Chinese: 应得
- Croatian: zaslužiti
- Czech: zasloužit (si)
- Danish: fortjene
- Dutch: verdienen
- European Spanish: merecer
- Finnish: ansaita olla jonkin arvoinen
- French: mériter
- German: verdienen würdig sein
- Greek: δικαιούμαι
- Italian: meritare
- Japanese: ･･･に値する
- Korean: 받을 만하다
- Norwegian: fortjene
- Polish: zasłużyć
- European Portuguese: merecer
- Romanian: a merita
- Russian: заслуживать
- Spanish: merecerse
- Swedish: förtjäna
- Thai: สมควรได้รับ
- Turkish: hak etmek
- Ukrainian: заслуговувати
- Vietnamese: xứng đáng
Definition of deserve from the Collins English Dictionary
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