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English definition of “deserve”

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 match.
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