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

 mer·it /ˈmɛrət/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·it n.
 1. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
    Here may men see how sin hath his merit.   --Chaucer.
 Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
 For things that others do; and when we fall,
 We answer other's merits in our name.   --Shak.
 2. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
    Reputation is . . . oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.   --Shak.
 To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known,
 And every author's merit, but his own.   --Pope.
 3. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
    Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth.   --Prior.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Merited; p. pr. & vb. n. Meriting.]
 1. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment. “This kindness merits thanks.”
 2. To reward. [R. & Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·it, v. i. To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
           [syn: virtue] [ant: demerit]
      2: the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance);
         "there were many children whose deservingness he
         recognized and rewarded" [syn: deservingness, meritoriousness]
      v : be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all
          the hard work you have done" [syn: deserve]