merecido(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (merited)
a. well-deserved
Si estás pensando en tus merecidas vacaciones, mira nuestras ofertas para el verano.If you're thinking about that well-deserved vacation, just take a look at our summer offers.
Este monumento es un merecido homenaje a los soldados que dieron sus vidas para este país.This monument is a well-deserved tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives for this country.
b. well-earned
El goleador del equipo campeón está disfrutando de un merecido descanso en el Caribe.The winning team's top scorer is enjoying a well-earned rest in the Caribbean.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡Me quedé sin entradas para el recital! - Te lo tienes merecido, te dije que tenías que comprarlas rápido.I couldn't get any tickets for the concert! - It serves you right; I told you you'd need to get a move on with buying them.
¿Así que Nico reprobó el examen? Se lo tiene bien merecido por vago.So Nico failed the exam, did he? It serves him right for being so lazy.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (deserved punishment)
a. just deserts
A los políticos corruptos hay que darles su merecido y meterlos en la cárcel.Corrupt politicians should be given their just deserts and sent to prison.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡No llores! Este chico recibirá su merecido por lo que te hizo.Don't cry! That boy will get what he deserves for what he did to you.
Nos han insultado, y les voy a dar su merecido.They've insulted us, and I'm going to give them what they deserve.
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merecido
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
darle a alguien su merecidoto give somebody his/her just deserts
recibió su merecidohe got his just deserts
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merecido
adjective
[+premio, descanso] well-deserved
bien merecido lo tiene it serves him right
just deserts
plural
; (p)
llevarse su merecido to get one's just deserts
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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