Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “deserve”

See all translations

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 Korean -할만 하다…
in Arabic يَسْتَحِق…
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 Spanish merecer…
in Portuguese merecer…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 值得, 应得…
(Definition of deserve from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “deserve”

Definitions of “deserve” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pot luck

anything that is available or is found by chance, rather than something chosen, planned, or prepared

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More