de·​served | \ di-ˈzərvd How to pronounce deserved (audio) \

Definition of deserved

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

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Other Words from deserved

deservedly \ di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce deserved (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​lē \ adverb
deservedness \ di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce deserved (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of deserved in a Sentence

a well deserved promotion for a hard worker
Recent Examples on the Web The higgler’s fate is merely absurd and, somehow, deserved. Russell Banks, The New Yorker, "The Marvellous, Forgotten Stories of A. E. Coppard," 23 Feb. 2021 Regardless of Tuesday’s result, Casey said Grant’s candidacy is deserved and rewards his leap forward this season. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons' Jerami Grant compares favorably to stiff competition for NBA All-Star Game bid," 20 Feb. 2021 Considering Rodgers is about to be named league MVP, a raise is well deserved. Globe Staff,, "NFL makes some progress with diversity hiring, but much more work needs to be done," 30 Jan. 2021 Although Sun’s win was not the most unexpected moment on the show this season, it was definitely deserved. Ariana Brockington,, "The Masked Singer," 16 Dec. 2020 And of course, as always, there's the vote for America's Favorite Houseguest, and this time around Da'Vonne beats out Tyler, and that's a deserved win as well. Kyle Fowle,, "Big Brother recap: The winner of Big Brother: All-Stars is crowned!," 29 Oct. 2020 George Meyer, who was DNR Secretary from 1993-2002, said the hall of fame honor for Kernen was well-deserved. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsinites Kernen, Mladenik named to fishing Hall of Fame," 10 Oct. 2020 Rams fans have every right to be furious after officials stole what was a deserved win at Buffalo with a highly suspect pass interference call with 21 seconds remaining on a play that should have sealed a 32-28 victory for L.A. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season," 28 Sep. 2020 Lipa's sultry fashion statement and well-deserved vacation time follows the close of a busy 2020 for the musician. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dua Lipa Is Determined to Make the Thong Dress Happen," 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of deserved

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deserved was circa 1552

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“Deserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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