deserve ( deserves 3rd person present) ( deserving present participle) ( deserved past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you say that a person or thing deserves something, you mean that they should have it or receive it because of their actions or qualities.
Government officials clearly deserve some of the blame as well... V n
These people deserve to make more than the minimum wage... V to-inf
I felt I deserved better than that... V compar
The Park Hotel has a well-deserved reputation. V-ed
2 If you say that someone got what they deserved, you mean that they deserved the bad thing that happened to them, and you have no sympathy for them.
got what one deserved phrase
One of them said the two dead joy riders got what they deserved.
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