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  • To earn or merit a reward
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*serve" (d&esl;*z&etilde;rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deserved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deserving.] [OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See Serve.] 1. 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.
Job xi. 6.

John Gay deserved to be a favorite.
Thackeray.

Encouragement is not held out to things that deserve reprehension.
Burke.

2. To serve; to treat; to benefit. [Obs.]

A man that hath
So well deserved me.
Massinger.

De*serve" (d&esl;*z&etilde;rv"), v. i. To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well.

One man may merit or deserve of another.
South.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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