Meaning of “deserve” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /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.

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deservedly adverb

The film deservedly won an Oscar.

(Definition of “deserve” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)