transitive verb
1. (to merit) 
¿Crees que el supuesto OVNI que vieron merezca una investigación?Do you think the supposed UFO they saw deserves to be looked into?
¿De verdad merece la pena manejar dos horas para ahorrar dos dólares?Is it really worth driving two hours to save two dollars?
intransitive verb
2. (to be worthy) 
El padre de nuestra iglesia sí merece.The pastor at our church is very deserving.
pronominal verb
3. (to merit) 
Se merece una medalla por su valentía.He deserves a medal for his bravery.
transitive verb
1. (general) 
a. to deserve, to be worthy of 
la isla merece una visitathe island is worth a visit
merece la pena detenernos un poco más en este puntoit's worth spending a bit more time on this point
no merece la penait's not worth it
no merece la pena que te enfadesit's not worth getting angry about, there's no point in getting angry about it
intransitive verb
2. (general) 
a. to be worthy 
en edad de merecerof marriageable age
pronominal verb
3. (general) 
a. to deserve 
se merece ganarshe deserves to win
se lo tiene bien merecidoit serves him right
transitive verb
1 [+recompensa, castigo] to deserve
merecer hacer algo to deserve to do sth; merece (que se le dé) el premio he deserves (to receive) the prize; no merece sino elogios she deserves nothing but praise; el trato que él nos merece the treatment he deserves from us
te lo tienes merecido
merece la pena it's worth it; no merece la pena discutir it's not worth arguing
2 (And) (atrapar) to catch; (robar) to snatch; pinch (familiar); (encontrar) to find
intransitive verb
to be deserving; be worthy
merecer mucho to be very deserving
merecer bien de la patria
pronominal verb
merecerse algo to deserve sth; te mereces el premio you deserve the prize; tienes unos hijos que no te los mereces you don't deserve your children; te mereces eso y más you deserve that and more; se lo mereció he deserved it; he got what he deserved; se lo merece por tonto (it) serves him right for being so stupid
Phrases with "merecer"
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merecer la pena
to be worth
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