do something or have or show qualities worthy of (reward or punishment).
"the referee deserves a pat on the back for his bravery"
synonyms:merit, earn, warrant, rate, justify, be worthy of, be entitled to, have a right to, be qualified for
"the book deserves our greatest praise"
well-earned, merited, warranted, justified, justifiable;
rightful, due, right, just, fair, fitting, appropriate, suitable, proper, apt;
"they clinched a deserved victory"