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merit

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈmer.ɪt/ us  
C1 formal the quality of being good and deserving praise: an entertaining film with little artistic merit Her ideas have merit. Brierley's book has the merit of being both informative and readable. the merits of sth the advantages something has compared to something else: We discussed the merits of herbal tea. on your (own) merits according to the qualities you have or have shown, without considering any other information or comparing you to someone else: The committee say they will consider/judge each applicant on his or her own merits.

merit

verb [T] uk   /ˈmer.ɪt/ formal us  
C2 If something merits a particular treatment, it deserves or is considered important enough to be treated in that way: This plan merits careful attention. The accident merited only a small paragraph in the local paper.
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