|1.||[ verb ] be worthy or deserving|
"You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
|Related terms:||be have_it_coming deservingness|
|2.||[ verb ] be worthy of or have a certain rating|
"This bond rates highly"
|Related terms:||be rating|
|3.||[ noun ] any admirable quality or attribute|
"work of great merit"
|Related terms:||demerit worth|
|4.||[ noun ] the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)|
"there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
|Related terms:||worthiness deserve|