Definition of deserving in US English:

deserving

adjective

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

    ‘the deserving poor’
    • ‘Aren't those who shake their heads at our foolishness and naivete more deserving of the label?’
    • ‘I felt embarrassed to be the youngest and perhaps the least deserving of them all.’
    • ‘Well done to one and all in their fine achievement for a very deserving and worthwhile cause.’
    • ‘Nobody was going to rush out and build a railroad, or donate half their house-keeping to the deserving poor.’
    • ‘How dare anyone stay in the game longer than me when I am so much more deserving of my place.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Hopefully we will have some funds to subsidise special and deserving cases.’
    • ‘He scored some really important goals from midfield in the big games and he's a deserving recipient.’
    • ‘The police are not any more deserving of respect than teachers, nurses or your local hooker.’
    • ‘This record doesn't make a good case for him being more deserving of the performance slots.’
    • ‘And we are now asking our readers to vote for who they think is most deserving of the special award.’
    • ‘Why is that person more deserving of praise and respect than anyone else?’
    • ‘She is dismissive of talk that the island is any less deserving of public support than any other community in Scotland.’
    • ‘The source of Henry's concern for the poor and deserving is at least known.’
    • ‘We must not blame the poor nor place them in categories of deserving or undeserving.’
    • ‘Next month judges will draw up a shortlist of 150 names they believe to be most deserving of an award.’
    • ‘Which is why those most deserving of reciprocal loyalty are treated with the greatest disdain.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘This is partly because she really does seem to see the rich as more deserving of life than the poor.’
    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

/dəˈzərviNG//dəˈzərvɪŋ/