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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.
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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…
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