Definition of merit
What does the word merit mean?
part of speech: noun, transitive verb
Quality of deserving well; excellence, worth; (usu. pl.) thing that entitles to reward or gratitude; make a m. of, view, represent, (one\'s own conduct) as meritorious; the mm. intrinsic rights& wrongs (of case &c., esp. Law); judge (proposal &c.) on its mm. (with only its intrinsic excellences &c. in view); (v.t.) deserve (reward, punishment). [French]