de·served | \-ˈzərvd \

Definition of deserved 

: of, relating to, or being that which one deserves a deserved reputation

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Other Words from deserved

deservedly \-ˈzər-vəd-lē, -ˈzərvd-lē \ adverb
deservedness \-ˈzər-vəd-nəs, -ˈzərvd-nəs \ noun

Examples of deserved in a Sentence

a well deserved promotion for a hard worker

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And that seriousness has brought him some much deserved attention. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "You have Louisville football tailgaters to thank for this decadent Derby Bourbon Burger," 26 Mar. 2018 Haris Medunjanin opened the night’s scoring, giving the Union (7-9-3, 24 points) a deserved lead in the 31st minute. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "David Accam, Cory Burke give Union wild 4-3 win at Chicago Fire," 11 July 2018 Great, confident penalty, and England, which has both of those things, takes a deserved lead. Andrew Das, New York Times, "England Shakes Its Shootout Curse and Saves Its World Cup," 5 July 2018 The boys in Russia didn't disappoint on the drama front, with Harry Kane's second half penalty giving England a deserved lead just before the hour mark., "A Nation Erupts: England Penalty Shootout Glory Sends Shockwaves Around the Country," 3 July 2018 Villarreal were then swept aside, but despite taking a deserved first-half lead against Sevilla in the final in Basel, Liverpool wilted after the break to lose 3-1. Kieran Canning,, "Klopp looks to end finals drought with Champions League victory," 25 May 2018 But the celebration of journalists’ dogged work in covering Pruitt, while deserved, shouldn’t obscure how much daunting work remains in covering Trump’s EPA. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Is Gone. His Assault on the Environment Continues.," 5 July 2018 Jesús Gallardo had a rare venture forward from left back but the 23-year-old was unable to hit the target with a long range effort, and Mexico were made to pay just minutes later when Brazil found their deserved breakthrough. Ben Carter, Pro Soccer USA, "Brazil 2-0 Mexico: Neymar strike sends Seleção through, spirited El Tri dumped from World Cup," 2 July 2018 This is beyond well deserved and your history making is incredibly moving. Anna Millard,, "Ellen Pompeo’s Reaction To Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nom Has Grey’s Fans Celebrating," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of deserved

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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deservedly so

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