Meaning of “merit” in the English Dictionary

"merit" in British English

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meritnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈmer.ɪt/ us /ˈmer.ɪt/

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 will consider/judge each applicant on his or her own merits.

meritverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmer.ɪt/ us /ˈmer.ɪt/ formal

(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 deserving praise, 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:

(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 /ˈmerɪt/ us

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.

meritverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmerɪt/ us formal

to deserve to be treated or considered in a particular way:

merit attention/discussion/investigation If complaints merit investigation, they should go the complaints committee.

(Definition of “merit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)