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mer·it

 (mĕr′ĭt)
n.
1.
a. Superior quality or worth; excellence: a proposal of some merit; an ill-advised plan without merit.
b. A quality deserving praise or approval; virtue: a store having the merit of being open late.
2. Demonstrated ability or achievement: promotions based on merit alone.
3. often merits An aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval: judging people according to their merits.
4. In various religions, spiritual credit granted for good works.
5. merits
a. Law The factors to be considered in making a substantive decision in a case, independent of procedural or technical aspects: a trial on the merits.
b. The factual content of a matter, apart from emotional, contextual, or formal considerations.
v. mer·it·ed, mer·it·ing, mer·its
v.tr.
To earn; deserve. See Synonyms at earn.
v.intr.
To be worthy or deserving: Pupils are rewarded or corrected, as they merit.

[Middle English, from Old French merite, reward or punishment, from Latin meritum, from neuter past participle of merēre, to deserve; see (s)mer- in Indo-European roots.]

mer′it·less adj.

merit

(ˈmɛrɪt)
n
1. worth or superior quality; excellence: work of great merit.
2. (often plural) a deserving or commendable quality or act: judge him on his merits.
3. (Theology) Christianity spiritual credit granted or received for good works
4. the fact or state of deserving; desert
5. an obsolete word for reward
vb, -its, -iting or -ited
(tr) to be worthy of; deserve: he merits promotion.
[C13: via Old French from Latin meritum reward, desert, from merēre to deserve]
ˈmerited adj
ˈmeritless adj

mer•it

(ˈmɛr ɪt)

n.
1. claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth.
2. something that deserves praise or reward; commendable quality or act: Its chief merit is sincerity.
3. merits, the inherent rights and wrongs of a matter unobscured by procedural details, personal feelings, etc.
4. Often, merits. the state or fact of deserving; desert: to treat people according to their merits.
5. claim to spiritual reward, earned by the performance of righteous acts.
v.t.
6. to be worthy of; deserve.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Latin meritum noteworthy act, from neuter of meritus, past participle of merēre to earn]

merit


Past participle: merited
Gerund: meriting

Imperative
merit
merit
Present
I merit
you merit
he/she/it merits
we merit
you merit
they merit
Preterite
I merited
you merited
he/she/it merited
we merited
you merited
they merited
Present Continuous
I am meriting
you are meriting
he/she/it is meriting
we are meriting
you are meriting
they are meriting
Present Perfect
I have merited
you have merited
he/she/it has merited
we have merited
you have merited
they have merited
Past Continuous
I was meriting
you were meriting
he/she/it was meriting
we were meriting
you were meriting
they were meriting
Past Perfect
I had merited
you had merited
he/she/it had merited
we had merited
you had merited
they had merited
Future
I will merit
you will merit
he/she/it will merit
we will merit
you will merit
they will merit
Future Perfect
I will have merited
you will have merited
he/she/it will have merited
we will have merited
you will have merited
they will have merited
Future Continuous
I will be meriting
you will be meriting
he/she/it will be meriting
we will be meriting
you will be meriting
they will be meriting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been meriting
you have been meriting
he/she/it has been meriting
we have been meriting
you have been meriting
they have been meriting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been meriting
you will have been meriting
he/she/it will have been meriting
we will have been meriting
you will have been meriting
they will have been meriting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been meriting
you had been meriting
he/she/it had been meriting
we had been meriting
you had been meriting
they had been meriting
Conditional
I would merit
you would merit
he/she/it would merit
we would merit
you would merit
they would merit
Past Conditional
I would have merited
you would have merited
he/she/it would have merited
we would have merited
you would have merited
they would have merited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merit - any admirable quality or attributemerit - any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
worth - the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
demerit, fault - the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
2.merit - the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
worthiness - the quality or state of having merit or value
Verb1.merit - be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
have it coming - deserve (either good or bad); "It's too bad he got fired, but he sure had it coming"

merit

noun
1. worth, value, quality, credit, talent, desert, virtue, integrity, excellence, goodness, worthiness Box-office success mattered more than artistic merit.
2. advantage, value, quality, worth, strength, asset, virtue, good point, strong point, worthiness They have been persuaded of the merits of the scheme.
verb
1. deserve, warrant, be entitled to, earn, incur, have a right to, be worthy of, have a claim to Such ideas merit careful consideration.
Quotations
"What is merit? The opinion one man entertains of another" [Lord Palmerston]

merit

noun
1. A level of superiority that is usually high:
2. A special feature or quality that confers superiority:
verb
To acquire as a result of one's behavior or effort:
Informal: rate.
Translations
جَدارَه، إسْتِحْقاقحَسَنَه، ميزَهيَسْتَحِق
přednostvynikající vlastnostzasloužitzásluha
fordelfortjenefortjeneste
ansio
eiga skiliîkosturverîleiki; kostur; gildi
būti vertamgera savybėnuopelnaspagyrimo vertas
izpelnītieslaba īpašībanopelni
zásluhazaslúžiť
odlikazaslužiti si
förtjänst
değererdemhaketmeklâyık olmakmeziyet

merit

[ˈmerɪt]
A. Nmérito m
it has the merit of being cleartiene el mérito de ser claro
to treat a case on its meritsjuzgar un caso según sus propios méritos
to look or inquire into the merits of sthestudiar los aspectos positivos de algo
a work of great meritun trabajo de mucho mérito, un trabajo muy meritorio
B. VTmerecer
this merits further discussionesto (se) merece mayor discusión
C. CPD merit increase Naumento m por méritos
merit pay N (US) → plus m por méritos

merit

[ˈmɛrɪt]
nmérite m, valeur f
artistic merit → la valeur artistique, le mérite artistique
to have merit [idea] → avoir du mérite
The proposals had some merit → Les propositions avaient du mérite.
The argument seemed to have considerable merit
BUT L'argument semblait particulièrement pertinent.
on merit [selected, chosen] → au mérite
to be selected on merit → être choisi(e) au mérite
merits npl
the merits of sth → les mérites de qch
They are discussing the merits of the proposal → Ils discutent des mérites de la proposition.
the relative merits of → les mérites comparés de
the relative merits of cinema and the theatre → les mérites comparés du cinéma et du théâtre
to judge sth on its merits → juger qch sur ses mérites
vtmériter

merit

n (= achievement)Leistung f, → Verdienst nt; (= advantage)Vorzug m; to look or inquire into the merits of somethingetw auf seine Vorteile or Vorzüge untersuchen; a work of great literary meritein Werk von großem literarischem Wert; what are the particular merits of Greek drama?wodurch zeichnet sich das griechische Drama besonders aus?; she was elected on merit alonesie gewann die Wahl aufgrund or auf Grund persönlicher Fähigkeiten; judged on one’s own meritsausschließlich nach Leistung(en) or Verdiensten beurteilt; judged on its own meritsfür sich selbst beurteilt; to judge a case on its meritseinen Fall für sich selbst or gesondert behandeln; I don’t see any merit in being richich betrachte Reichtum als kein besonderes Verdienst; he sees little merit in paying for researcher sieht nicht viel Sinn darin, für Forschungsvorhaben zu bezahlen; there’s no particular merit in coming earlyes ist keine besondere Leistung or kein besonderes Verdienst, früh zu kommen; to pass an exam with meritein Examen mit Auszeichnung bestehen; certificate of merit (Sch, Univ) Urkunde für besonders gute Leistungen an Schule oder Universität
vtverdienen; it merits your considerationdas ist es wert, dass Sie sich damit beschäftigen

merit

[ˈmɛrɪt]
1. nmerito, valore m
to look or inquire into the merits of sth → valutare or pesare i pro e i contro di qc
to treat a case on its merits → trattare un caso con obiettività
2. vtmeritare

merit

(ˈmerit) noun
1. the quality of worth, excellence or praiseworthiness. He reached his present position through merit.
2. a good point or quality. His speech had at least the merit of being short.
verb
to deserve as reward or punishment. Your case merits careful consideration.
ˌmeriˈtorious (-ˈtoː-) adjective
deserving reward or praise. a meritorious performance.
References in classic literature ?
The impulse of gratitude swelled my heart, and I knelt down at the bedside, and offered up thanks where thanks were due; not forgetting, ere I rose, to implore aid on my further path, and the power of meriting the kindness which seemed so frankly offered me before it was earned.
He said he was happy--glad to have served me; but he had done nothing meriting such thanks.
I can never forget my thrills the first night I took part in a concerted raid, when we assembled on board the Annie--rough men, big and unafraid, and weazened wharf-rats, some of them ex-convicts, all of them enemies of the law and meriting jail, in sea-boots and sea-gear, talking in gruff low voices, and "Big" George with revolvers strapped about his waist to show that he meant business.