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MERIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does merit mean? 

MERIT (noun)
  The noun MERIT has 2 senses:

1. any admirable quality or attribute
2. the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

  Familiarity information: MERIT used as a noun is rare.


MERIT (verb)
  The verb MERIT has 1 sense:

1. be worthy or deserving

  Familiarity information: MERIT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MERIT (noun)


Sense 1merit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any admirable quality or attribute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

merit; virtue

Context example:

work of great merit

Hypernyms ("merit" is a kind of...):

worth (the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful)

Antonym:

demerit (the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection)


Sense 2merit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

deservingness; meritoriousness; merit

Context example:

there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded

Hypernyms ("merit" is a kind of...):

worthiness (the quality or state of having merit or value)


MERIT (verb)


Sense 1merit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be worthy or deserving

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

deserve; merit

Context example:

You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done

Hypernyms (to "merit" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "merit"):

have it coming (deserve (either good or bad))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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