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"deserve" in British English

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deserveverb [T not continuous]

uk   /dɪˈzɜːv/ us   /dɪˈzɝːv/
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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(Definition of deserve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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deserveverb

us   /dɪˈzɜrv/
to have earned something or be given something because of your actions or qualities: [T] These charities deserve your support. [+ to infinitive] The American people deserve to know what went wrong. [T] I hope those crooks get what they deserve (= receive a punishment that suits their crime).
(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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