Definitions

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

  • n. A fitting recompense.
  • n. Archaic A merited gift or wage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement; reward, deserts; award.
  • n. A gift; bribe.
  • n. Merit or desert; worth.
  • v. To reward; bribe.
  • v. To deserve; merit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit; reward; recompense.
  • n. Merit or desert; worth.
  • n. A gift; also, a bride.
  • transitive v. To reward; to repay.
  • transitive v. To deserve; to merit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reward; bribe.
  • To deserve or merit.
  • 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.

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

  • n. a fitting reward

Etymologies

Middle English mede, from Old English mēd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)
From Middle English meden, from Old English *mēdian ("to reward, bribe"), from Proto-Germanic *mizdōnan (“to meed”), from Proto-Indo-European *mizdʰ- (“to pay”). Cognate with Middle Low German mēden ("to reward"), German mieten ("to reward"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • March 27, 2010 at 2: 03 am its true we all meed to struggle so that we can make good money for this huh ….

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • "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 --"

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  • 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.

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  • “Feezi meed!” he roared, throwing the meat down and grabbing his lance.

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  • "Alas, but why have I not pretended at least that I had read them, accepted some meed of retraction in the fact that they were sent?"

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  • Why did I laugh? I know this Being's lease,
    My fancy to its utmost blisses spreads;
    Yet would I on this very midnight cease,
    And the world's gaudy ensigns see in shreds;
    Verse, Fame, and Beauty are intense indeed,
    But Death intenser -Death is Life's high meed.

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