De·serve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deserved p. pr. & vb. n. Deserving.]
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 v. i. To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well.
One man may merit or deserve of another. --South.
v : be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all
the hard work you have done" [syn: merit]