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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.
Translations of “deserve”
in Arabic يَسْتَحِق…
in Korean -할만 하다…
in Malaysian patut…
in French mériter…
in Turkish haketmek, layık olmak…
in Italian meritare, meritarsi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 值得, 應得…
in Russian заслуживать…
in Polish zasługiwać na…
in Vietnamese xứng đáng…
in Spanish merecer…
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 Indonesian layak, berhak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 值得, 应得…
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