de|serv|ing [dıˈzə:vıŋ US -ə:r-] adj
1.) needing help and support, especially financial support
deserving causes/cases
The National Lottery provides extra money for deserving causes.
2.) be deserving of sth
formal to deserve something
Some criminals are more deserving of their punishment than others.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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