Meaning of “deserve” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /dɪˈzɜːv/
Extra Examples
Their team certainly deserved to win.She deserves another chance.She deserves to be punished.Later that year he received the award he so richly deserved.Nobody deserves to die like that.

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.
deservedly adverb

The film deservedly won an Oscar.

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