Merit Mer"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Merited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Meriting}.] [F. m['e]riter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See {Merit}, n.] 1. 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. ``This kindness merits thanks.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To reward. [R. & Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

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  • merited — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. earned, proper, fitting; see deserved , fit 1 , warranted . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Consistent with prevailing or accepted standards or circumstances: appropriate, deserved, due, fit1, fitting, just, proper …   English dictionary for students

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