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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·serve /dɪˈzɝv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 de·serve v. i. To be worthy of recompense; -- usually with ill or with well.
    One man may merit or deserve of another.   --South.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all
          the hard work you have done" [syn: merit]