- de|serveW3S2 [dıˈzə:v US -ə:rv] v [T][Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin deservire 'to serve very keenly', from servire 'to serve']1.) to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour▪ What have I done to deserve this?deserve to do sth▪ We didn't deserve to win.richly/fully/thoroughly etc deserve sth▪ the success he so richly deserves▪ I'm sorry for the kids. They deserve better (=deserve to be treated in a better way) .deserve a rest/break/holiday etc▪ I think we deserve a rest after all that hard work.▪ Ledley deserves a place in the team.▪ Paula deserves a special mention for all the help she has given us.▪ I would never hit anyone, even if they deserved it.▪ What has he done to deserve this punishment ?deserve all/everything you get(=deserve any bad things that happen to you)▪ He deserves all he gets for being so dishonest.▪ People who are sent to prison for drunk-driving get what they deserve .2.) deserve consideration/attention etcif a suggestion, idea, or plan deserves consideration, attention etc, it is good enough to be considered, paid attention to etc= ↑merit▪ This proposal deserves serious consideration.3.) sb deserves a medalspoken used to say that you admire the way someone dealt with a situation or problemsomebody deserves a medal for▪ You deserve a medal for putting up with Ian's constant demands.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.