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Meaning of “deserve” in the English Dictionary

"deserve" in British English

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deserveverb [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 ​ourspecial thanks for all his ​efforts. I ​hope they get the punishment they deserve. [+ to infinitive] They ​certainly deserved towin that ​game.

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(Definition of deserve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deserve" in American English

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deserveverb

 us   /dɪˈzɜrv/
to have ​earned something or be given something because of ​youractions or ​qualities: [T] These ​charities deserve ​yoursupport. [+ to infinitive] The American ​people deserve to ​know what went ​wrong. [T] I ​hope those ​crooks get what they deserve (= ​receive a ​punishment that ​suitstheircrime).
(Definition of deserve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “deserve”
in Korean -할만 하다…
in Arabic يَسْتَحِق…
in Malaysian patut…
in French mériter…
in Russian заслуживать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 值得, 應得…
in Italian meritare, meritarsi…
in Turkish haketmek, layık olmak…
in Polish zasługiwać na…
in Spanish merecer…
in Vietnamese xứng đáng…
in Portuguese merecer…
in Thai สมควรได้รับ…
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…
in Indonesian layak, berhak…
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