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

Definition of deserved

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

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 No Tony is more deserved this year than the one that should be etched with Wheeldon’s name. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 Back at the house, Nia immediately tells KellyAnne and Jonna about Sylvia's comment, and they get pissed off because KellyAnne's win deserved to be celebrated. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 8 June 2022 The unfair-labor-practices case against the Federalist over a joke tweet deserved to be sent back to the salt mine. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 20 May 2022 The second half was a dream start for the Pride as Gunny Jonsdottir got on the end of a ball by Leroux to tap in, giving the Pride a deserved lead in the 51st minute. Austin David, Orlando Sentinel, 15 May 2022 On the other, Odorizzi is having a run of deserved luck. James Yasko, Chron, 13 May 2022 Critic Bill Addison is on a richly deserved vacation. Daniel Hernandezfood Editor, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Although that film was a deserved Oscar winner for best makeup, Raimi’s movie relies more on CGI for its scarier junctures and may face a more challenging time getting on the shortlist, depending on how the competition field shakes out. Clayton Davis, Variety, 5 May 2022 Sassuolo took a deserved lead through Giacomo Raspadori, only to see Juve fight back thanks to goals from Dybala and Moise Kean. Adam Digby, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Deserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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