I wrote, "The monkey merits a banana." Here's the English definition of "merit" - mer·it ˈmerət/Submit noun 1. the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward. "composers of outstanding merit" synonyms: excellence, quality, caliber, worth, worthiness, credit, value, distinction, eminence "composers of outstanding merit" verb 3rd person present: merits 1. deserve or be worthy of (something, especially reward, punishment, or attention). "the results have been encouraging enough to merit further investigation" synonyms: deserve, earn, be deserving of, warrant, rate, justify, be worthy of, be worth, be entitled to, have a right to, have a claim to/on "the accusation did not merit a response"
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