merit Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"merit" in British English

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meritnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈmer.ɪt/
C1 formal the ​quality of being good and ​deservingpraise: an ​entertainingfilm 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 ​herbaltea.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 will consider/judge each ​applicant on his or her own merits.

meritverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmer.ɪt/ formal
C2 If something merits a ​particulartreatment, it ​deserves or is ​consideredimportant enough to be ​treated in that way: This ​plan merits ​carefulattention. The ​accident merited only a ​smallparagraph in the ​localpaper.
(Definition of merit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"merit" in American English

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meritnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmer·ɪt/
the ​quality of being good and ​deservingpraise, or a good ​quality: [U] Judged on ​artistic merit, it was a ​success. [C] Being ​able to ​work at ​home has ​its merits.

meritverb [T]

 us   /ˈmer·ɪt/
to ​deserve something: These ​recommendations merit ​carefulattention.
(Definition of merit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"merit" in Business English

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meritnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈmerɪt/
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 ​externalcommittee. I ​fail to see the merit of ​organizing the ​work in that way.
merit award/bonus/raise, etc. HR, WORKPLACE extrapay given to ​employees who have done their ​job well and made noticeable ​improvements in the ​company, ​department, etc.: The ​average merit ​payincrease 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.

meritverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmerɪt/ formal
to deserve to be ​treated or considered in a particular way: merit attention/discussion/investigation If ​complaints merit ​investigation, they should go the ​complaintscommittee.
(Definition of merit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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