De*serve" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deserved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deserving.] [OF. deservir, desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See Serve.]


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.


To serve; to treat; to benefit.


A man that hath So well deserved me. Massinger.


© Webster 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.


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