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Verb: merit  me-rit
  1. Be worthy or deserving
    "You merit a promotion after all the hard work you have done";
    - deserve
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

Derived forms: merited, meriting, merits

Type of: be, worth, worthiness

Antonym: demerit

Encyclopedia: Merit, Texas