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·serv·ing, n. Desert; merit.
A person of great deservings from the republic. --Swift.
De·serv·ing, a. Meritorious; worthy; as, a deserving person or act. -- De*serv*ing*ly, adv.
adj : having sufficient worth; "an idea worth considering"; "a
cause deserving or meriting support"; "the deserving
poor" (often used ironically) [syn: deserving(p), meriting(p),