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Definitions of merit

  1. be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To reward. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Excellence; worth; the quality or state of deserving; as, treat him according to his merit; deserved reward. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To earn; be deserving of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Excellence that deserves honor or reward: worth: value: that which is earned. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To earn: to have a right to claim as reward: to deserve. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Desert; worth. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To earn; deserve. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To deserve. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The state or fact of deserving; desert; worth; excellence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Question at issue. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Desert; goodness or excellence, which entitles to honour or reward; worth; value; reward deserved. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. To deserve; to earn; to have a right to claim as reward; to have a just title to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Goodness or excellence entitling to honour or reward; value or excellence; that which is earned or deserved; desert. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. To deserve, in a good or bad sense; to have a just title to; to earn. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence. dictgcide_fs
  25. mer'it, n. excellence that deserves honour or reward: worth: value: that which one has earned.--v.t. to earn: to have a right to claim as a reward: to deserve: (pl., in law) the right or wrong of a case, apart from questions of procedure.--adj. MERIT[=O]'RIOUS, possessing merit or desert: deserving of reward, honour, or praise.--adv. MERIT[=O]'RIOUSLY.--n. MERIT[=O]'RIOUSNESS.--ORDER FOR MERIT, a Prussian order, the military class founded by Frederick the Great in 1740--the civil class, by Frederick William IV. in 1842 for eminence in science and art; ORDER OF MERIT, place in a class or list in which the best is placed first, the next best second, and so on. [Fr.,--L. meritum--mer[=e]re, -[)i]tum, to obtain as a lot, to deserve.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Quality of deserving well; excellence, worth; (usu. pl.) thing that entitles to reward or gratitude; make a m. of, view, represent, (one\'s own conduct) as meritorious; the mm. intrinsic rights& wrongs (of case &c., esp. Law); judge (proposal &c.) on its mm. (with only its intrinsic excellences &c. in view); (v.t.) deserve (reward, punishment). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. n. [Latin] Desert; goodness; worth; quality of deserving honour or reward; hence, claim; right; title;— value; excellence, as of worker performance;— reward; recompense;— prize, mark, or badge of distinction. Cabinet Dictionary

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