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 for deserving
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deserving \De*serv"ing\, n.
     Desert; merit.
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           A person of great deservings from the republic.
                                                    --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deserve \De*serve"\ (d[-e]*z[~e]rv"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Deserved; p. pr. & vb. n. Deserving.] [OF. deservir,
     desservir, to merit, L. deservire to serve zealously, be
     devoted to; de- + servire to serve. See Serve.]
     1. To earn by service; to be worthy of (something due, either
        good or evil); to merit; to be entitled to; as, the
        laborer deserves his wages; a work of value deserves
        praise.
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              God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity
              deserveth.                            --Job xi. 6.
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              John Gay deserved to be a favorite.   --Thackeray.
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              Encouragement is not held out to things that deserve
              reprehension.                         --Burke.
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     2. To serve; to treat; to benefit. [Obs.]
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              A man that hath
              So well deserved me.                  --Massinger.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deserving \De*serv"ing\, a.
     Meritorious; worthy; as, a deserving person or act. --
     De*serv"ing*ly, adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  deserving
      adj 1: worthy of being treated in a particular way; "an idea
             worth considering"; "the deserving poor" (often used
             ironically) [syn: deserving, worth(p)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "deserving":
     admirable, ascribable, attributable, beyond all praise,
     comeuppance, commendable, creditable, deserts, due, entitled to,
     estimable, exemplary, laudable, merit, merited, meriting,
     meritorious, model, praiseworthy, rights, unexceptionable,
     well-deserving, worthy, worthy of
  
  

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