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verb [transitive] deserve pronunciation in American English /dɪˈzɜrv/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydeserve
he/she/itdeserves
present participledeserving
past tensedeserved
past participledeserved
  1. 1
    if you deserve something, it is right that you get it, for example because of the way you have behaved
    After five hours on your feet you deserve a break.
    After the way he treated Millie, he deserves whatever happens to him.
    deserve to do something: I work hard, and I think I deserve to be well paid.
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  2. 2
    if a thing deserves something such as your time or attention, you should give time or attention to doing it
    a matter that deserves further consideration
    The work of the costume designers deserves a special mention.
    Their suggestions were treated with the contempt they deserved.
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