Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Worthy, as of reward, praise, or aid.
  • n. Merit; worthiness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. worthy of reward or praise; meritorious
  • adj. meriting, worthy (reward, punishment etc.)
  • n. desert, merit or demerit
  • v. Present participle of deserve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Meritorious; worthy.
  • n. Desert; merit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Worthy of reward or praise; meritorious; possessed of good qualities that entitle to approbation: as, a deserving officer.
  • n. The act of meriting; desert; merit or demerit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. worthy of being treated in a particular way

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.