ADJ. considerable, exceptional, great, outstanding | aesthetic, architectural, artistic, literary The film has no artistic merit whatsoever. | relative We need to consider the relative merits of both makes of cooker. | individual Each case should be judged on its individual merits.
VERB + MERIT have | argue, assess, consider, debate, discuss, judge We need to assess the merits of both proposals before making our decision.
MERIT + NOUN award She received a merit award for outstanding work.
PREP. according to ~ Films are given a rating of one to five stars according to merit. | on ~ Prizes are awarded entirely on merit.
PHRASES no merit in doing sth I can see no merit in excluding the child from school. | order of merit The winners are ranked in order of merit.
ADV. certainly, clearly | hardly The question hardly merits an answer.