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Noun: merit  me-rit
  1. Any admirable quality or attribute
    "work of great merit";
    - virtue
  2. The quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)
    "there were many children whose merit he recognized and rewarded";
    - deservingness, meritoriousness
  3. The quality that renders something desirable, valuable or useful
    "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious merit in the modern world";
    - worth, value
  4. A good pass grade at a specified level about the lowest pass mark
Verb: merit  me-rit
  1. Be worthy of or entitled to, e.g. because of hard work or skills demonstrated
    "You merit a promotion after all the hard work you have done";
    - deserve

Derived forms: merited, meriting, merits

Type of: be, quality, worthiness

Encyclopedia: Merit, Texas