deserve - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

  2. 2
    if a thing deserves something such as your time or attention, you should give time or attention to doing it

    Their suggestions were treated with the contempt they deserved.