|Origin:||Latin deservire 'to serve very keenly', from servire 'to serve'|
de‧serve S2 W3 [transitive]
to have earned something by good or bad actions or behaviour:
What have I done to deserve this?
deserve to do something
We didn't deserve to win.
richly/fully/thoroughly etc deserve something
the success he so richly deserves
I'm sorry for the kids. They deserve better (=deserve to be treated in a better way).
deserve a rest/break/holiday etc
I think we deserve a rest after all that hard work.
Ledley deserves a place in the team.
Paula deserves a special mention for all the help she has given us.
I would never hit anyone, even if they deserved it.
What has he done to deserve this punishment?
deserve all/everything you get (=deserve any bad things that happen to you)
He deserves all he gets for being so dishonest.
People who are sent to prison for drunk-driving get what they deserve.
if a suggestion, idea, or plan deserves consideration, attention etc, it is good enough to be considered, paid attention to etc [= merit]:
This proposal deserves serious consideration.