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  1. mer·it
    IPA[ˈmerət]
  2. noun

    • 1. the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward:

      composers of outstanding merit
      Synonym : excellence, goodness, standard, quality, level, grade, high quality, caliber, worth, good, credit, eminence, worthiness, value, virtue, distinction, account, deservingness, meritoriousness
    • 2. a feature or fact that deserves praise or reward:

      the relative merits of both approaches have to be considered
      Synonym : good point, strong point, advantage, benefit, value, profit, asset, plus, advisability, advantageousness
    • 3. a pass grade in an examination denoting above-average performance:

      if you expect to pass, why not go for a merit or a distinction?
    • 4. the intrinsic rights and wrongs of a case, outside of any other considerations:

      a plaintiff who has a good arguable case on the merits
    • 5. good deeds regarded as entitling someone to a future reward from God.

    verb

    • 1. deserve or be worthy of (something, especially reward, punishment, or attention):

      the results have been encouraging enough to merit further investigation
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: merit, plural noun: merits

    • v.: verb: merit, 3rd person present: merits, gerund or present participle: meriting, past tense: merited, past participle: merited

    • noun

      the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward:

      a good feature or point:

    • verb

      deserve or be worthy of (reward, punishment, or attention):
    • noun

      a system in which a post or promotion is awarded on the basis of competence rather than other criteria such as political affiliation or length of service:
    • noun

      a commodity or service, such as education, that is regarded by society or government as deserving public finance.
    • noun

      a financial award given by an organization to reward excellence in a particular field.
    • noun

      a list of pupils selected and ranked according to the marks achieved in an academic examination or set of examinations:
    • noun

      a numerical expression representing the performance or efficiency of a given device, material, or procedure.
    • noun

      a US military decoration, ranking below the Silver Star and above the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for exceptional performance of services to the US.
    • (in the UK) an order founded in 1902, for distinguished achievement, with membership limited to twenty-four people.
    • noun

      a numerical expression taken as representing the performance or efficiency of a given device, material, or procedure.
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