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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DESERVE, verb transitive [Latin To serve.]

1. To merit; to be worthy of; applied to good or evil.

2. To merit by labor or services; to have a just claim to an equivalent for good conferred. The laborer deserves his wages; he deserves the value of his services.

3. To merit by good actions or qualities in general; to be worthy of, on account of excellence. The virtuous man deserves esteem and commendation. A work of value deserves praise.

4. To be worthy of, in a bad sense; to merit by an evil act; as, to deserve blame or punishment.

God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. Job 11:1.

DESERVE, verb intransitive To merit; to be worthy of or deserving; as, he deserves well or ill of his neighbor.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DESERVED, participle passive Merited; worthy of.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DESERVEDLY, adverb Justly; according to desert, whether of good or evil. A man may be deservedly praised, blamed or punished.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DESERVER, noun He who deserves or merits; one who is worthy of; used generally in a good sense.