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deserving (the two uses are equally freq.).
1. that which one deserves, desert, due reward Meas. V. i. 478 “[death] 'Tis my ,” Lr. V. iii. 306, Sonn. lxxxvii. 6.
2. that for which one deserves well, merit All'sW. I. iii. 7, 2H4 IV. iii. 48 “more of his courtesy than your ,” Lr. III. iii. 24 “This seems a fair ”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, lxxxvii
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