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Meed \Meed\ (m[=e]d), n. [OE. mede, AS. m[=e]d, meord; akin to OS. m[=e]da, OHG. miata, mieta, G. miethe hire, Goth. mizd[=o] reward, Bohem. & Russ. mzda, Gr. misqo`s, Skr. m[imac]dha. [root]276.]

  1. That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit; reward; recompense.

    A rosy garland was the victor's meed.

  2. Merit or desert; worth.

    My meed hath got me fame.

  3. A gift; also, a bride. [Obs.]


Meed \Meed\, v. t.

  1. To reward; to repay. [Obs.]

  2. To deserve; to merit. [Obs.]


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context now literary archaic English) A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement; reward, deserts; award. 2 A gift; bribe. 3 (context dated English) merit or desert; worth. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To reward; bribe. 2 (context transitive English) To deserve; merit.


n. a fitting reward


MEED, abbreviated from the former name Middle East Economic Digest, is a 54-year-old business intelligence tool for the Middle East and North Africa ( MENA), providing analysis and commentary on Middle Eastern markets, companies, people and data on the regional projects market.

Usage examples of "meed".

The poor Colonel, whose meed of recognition had as yet been so meagre, was vastly tickled by this expression of infantine sympathy, and discoursed to the little prodigy with the most condescending benevolence.

Michael Quarrington that meed of praise and recognition which was later his in such full measure, perhaps she had.

Frantic, Dolley would have meed after him if her mother had not pulled her back.

Most famous Worthy of the world, by whomeThat warre was kindled, which did Troy inflame,And stately towres of Ilion whilomeBrought vnto balefull ruine, was by nameSir Paris far renowmd through noble fame,Who through great prowesse and bold hardinesse,From Lacedæmon fetcht the fairest Dame,That euer Greece did boast, or knight possesse,Whom Venus to him gaue for meed of worthinesse.

For the sake of that dear olden time, That sweet, sweet olden time, I look forth ever sadly still, And hope the time may come again, When Life hath borne its meed of pain, And stoutly struggled up the hill, When I once more, with heart elate, May meet her at _another_ gate, Beyond the blighting breath of fate, That chill'd the sweet, sweet olden time.

Said Guyon, Noble Lord, what meed so great,Or grace of earthly Prince so soueraine,But by your wondrous worth and warlike featYe well may hope, and easely attaine?

Often have the Achaeans spoken to me of this matter and upbraided me, but it was not I that did it: Jove, and Fate, and Erinys that walks in darkness struck me mad when we were assembled on the day that I took from Achilles the meed that had been awarded to him.

Weakling cowards, women rather than men, let us sail home, and leave this fellow here at Troy to stew in his own meeds of honour, and discover whether we were of any service to him or no.

I hold that the more arid and unreclaimed the soil where the Christian labourer's task of tillage is appointed him -- the scantier the meed his toil brings -- the higher the honour.