American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fitting recompense.
- n. Archaic A merited gift or wage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of desert, good or bad (but usually the former); reward; recompense; award.
- n. A gift; also, a bribe.
- n. Merit or desert.
- To reward; bribe.
- To deserve or merit.
- v. transitive To reward; bribe.
- v. transitive To deserve; merit.
- n. now literary, archaic A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement; reward, deserts; award.
- n. A gift; bribe.
- n. obsolete Merit or desert; worth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit; reward; recompense.
- n. Merit or desert; worth.
- n. obsolete A gift; also, a bride.
- v. obsolete To reward; to repay.
- v. obsolete To deserve; to merit.
- n. a fitting reward
- From Middle English meede, mede, from Old English mēd, meord, meard, meorþ ("meed, reward, pay, price, compensation, bribe"), from Proto-Germanic *mēzdō, *mizdō (“meed”), from Proto-Indo-European *mizdʰ- (“to pay”). Cognate with obsolete Dutch miede ("wages"), Low German mede ("payment, wages, reward"), German Miete ("rent"), Gothic (mizdo, "meed, reward, payment, recompense"), Old Church Slavonic мьзда (mьzda, "reward"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mede, from Old English mēd. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the first place, honours and titles meed not be hereditary; in the second, they need not be conferred by the political administration; and, in the third, they are not only — as the French Legion of Honour shows — entirely compatible with, but they are a necessary complement to the”
“Do you really meed me to gather together all the various times centrist Dems have said that they view a vote for cloture as equivalent to a vote for the bill?”
“I feel like I meed all the help I can get. on 11 May 2009 at 9: 57 am Lindsey”
“March 27, 2010 at 2: 03 am its true we all meed to struggle so that we can make good money for this huh ….”
“I have land, money, power, recognition from the world, a consciousness that I do my meed of good in serving others, a mate whom I love, children that are of my own fond flesh.”
“She was willing to go into the black grave and remain in its blackness forever, to go into the salt vats and let the young men cut her dead flesh to sausage-meat, if -- if only she could get her small meed of happiness first.”
“He could have endured poverty; and while this distress had been the meed of his virtue, he gloried in it: but the ingratitude of the Turk, and the loss of his beloved Safie, were misfortunes more bitter and irreparable.”
“I assure you I can appreciate your side of it; and though, looking at it theoretically, it was the highest conduct, demanding the fullest meed of praise, still, in all frankness, there is much to -- to --”
“The group stated that if Fiji does not meed the deadline, the country would be suspended from all Forum events and cease receiving any new financial and technical assistance.”
““Feezi meed!” he roared, throwing the meat down and grabbing his lance.”
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