From (etyl) worthy, wurthi, from (etyl) *.
having worth, merit or value
* Sir J. Davies
- These banished men that I have kept withal / Are men endued with worthy qualities.
honourable or admirable
deserving, or having sufficient worth
- This worthy' mind should ' worthy things embrace.
* Bible, Matthew iii. 11
- No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
- whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
- And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know / More happiness.
- The lodging is well worthy of the guest.
a distinguished or eminent person
From (etyl) worthien, wurthien, from (etyl) .
To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
* 1880 , Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature :
- And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...]'' — Shakespeare, ''King Lear .
* 1908 , Edward Arthur Brayley Hodgetts, The court of Russia in the nineteenth century :
- After having duly paid his addresses to it, he generally spends some time on the marble slab in front of the looking-glass, but without showing the slightest emotion at the sight of his own reflection, or worthying it with a song.
* 1910 , Charles William Eliot, The Harvard classics: Beowulf :
- And it is a poor daub besides," the Emperor rejoined scornfully, as he stalked out of the gallery without worthying the artist with a look.
- No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!
To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.
:After playing so well, the team really deserved their win .
:After what he did, he deserved to go to prison .
:This argument deserves a closer examination.
*Bible, Job xi. 6
*:God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth .
*:John Gay deserved to be a favourite.
(obsolete) To earn, win.
*1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.vii:
*:That gentle Lady, whom I loue and serue, / After long suit and weary seruicis, / Did aske me, how I could her loue deserue , / And how she might be sure, that I would neuer swerue.
(obsolete) To reward, to give in return for service.
*:Gramercy saide the kynge / & I lyue sir Lambegus I shal deserue hit / And thenne sir Lambegus armed hym / and rode after as fast as he myghte
(obsolete) To serve; to treat; to benefit.
*:A man that hath / So well deserved me.
* See also
* This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See