Definition of deserving in English:

deserving

adjective

  • Worthy of being treated in a particular way, typically of being given assistance.

    ‘the deserving poor’
    • ‘She is dismissive of talk that the island is any less deserving of public support than any other community in Scotland.’
    • ‘Hopefully we will have some funds to subsidise special and deserving cases.’
    • ‘Next month judges will draw up a shortlist of 150 names they believe to be most deserving of an award.’
    • ‘And we are now asking our readers to vote for who they think is most deserving of the special award.’
    • ‘Aren't those who shake their heads at our foolishness and naivete more deserving of the label?’
    • ‘This is partly because she really does seem to see the rich as more deserving of life than the poor.’
    • ‘The source of Henry's concern for the poor and deserving is at least known.’
    • ‘Well done to one and all in their fine achievement for a very deserving and worthwhile cause.’
    • ‘The police are not any more deserving of respect than teachers, nurses or your local hooker.’
    • ‘If so, then why not see some race or nation or class as more fully human and more deserving of respect and preservation than others?’
    • ‘Which is why those most deserving of reciprocal loyalty are treated with the greatest disdain.’
    • ‘We must not blame the poor nor place them in categories of deserving or undeserving.’
    • ‘How dare anyone stay in the game longer than me when I am so much more deserving of my place.’
    • ‘Nobody was going to rush out and build a railroad, or donate half their house-keeping to the deserving poor.’
    • ‘After many years supporting the event a new managing director at the weekly paper has decided to look at other deserving causes.’
    • ‘Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy action, deserving praise and imitation?’
    • ‘Why is that person more deserving of praise and respect than anyone else?’
    • ‘I felt embarrassed to be the youngest and perhaps the least deserving of them all.’
    • ‘This record doesn't make a good case for him being more deserving of the performance slots.’
    • ‘He scored some really important goals from midfield in the big games and he's a deserving recipient.’
    worthy, meritorious, commendable, praiseworthy, laudable, excellent, fine, admirable, estimable, exemplary, creditable
    meriting, warranting, justifying, qualified for, suiting, suitable for, worthy
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Pronunciation

deserving

/dɪˈzəːvɪŋ/