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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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),