Focus on the pronunciation of merit
English definition of “merit”
/ˈmerɪt/ noun [C or U]
› formal the quality of being good and deserving to be praised or rewarded, or an advantage that something has: Proposals will be judged strictly on merit by an external committee. I fail to see the merit of organizing the work in that way.
merit award/bonus/raise, etc. › HR, WORKPLACE extra pay given to employees who have done their job well and made noticeable improvements in the company, department, etc.: The average merit pay increase over the past five years has been in the range of 3 to 4%.
› LAW if a court decides that a complaint, case, etc. has merit, it accepts that it is true or there is evidence for it: The lawsuit was found to be completely without merit.