Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “deserve”

See all translations

deserve

verb [T not continuous] uk   /dɪˈzɜːv/ us    /-ˈzɝːv/
B1 to have earned or to be given something because of the way you have behaved or the qualities you have: After all that hard work, you deserve a holiday. Chris deserves our special thanks for all his efforts. I hope they get the punishment they deserve. [+ to infinitive] They certainly deserved to win that game.
More examples
Translations of “deserve”
in Korean -할만 하다…
in Arabic يَسْتَحِق…
in French mériter…
in Turkish haketmek, layık olmak…
in Italian meritare, meritarsi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 值得, 應得…
in Russian заслуживать…
in Polish zasługiwać na…
in Spanish merecer…
in Portuguese merecer…
in German verdienen…
in Catalan merèixer…
in Japanese ~する価値がある, ~の報いを受けて当然だ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 值得, 应得…
(Definition of deserve from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of deserve?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “deserve” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More