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English definition of “deserve”

deserve

verb [T]
 
 
/dɪˈzɜːv/
B1 If you deserve something good or bad, it should happen to you because of the way you have behaved: The school deserves praise for the way it has raised standards. [+ to do sth] He deserves to be locked up for life.Deserving and deserved
deservedly adverb The film deservedly won an Oscar.
(Definition of deserve from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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