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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Daugaard said one solution was to allow deserved pay raises to go forward while reopening talks on some provisions involving reforms. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge questions whether Seattle police-union contract in keeping with ‘spirit’ of reforms," 5 Nov. 2018 That's a lotta love for Seattle in one year—and well deserved. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 All of the platforms had received sharp and deserved criticism for allowing disinformation to flourish. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Apple, YouTube and Facebook won’t silence Alex Jones and Infowars — but their bans will sharply limit his reach," 6 Aug. 2018 This reputation is so well deserved that there is even a relevant XKCD. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists’ simple spanks economists’ complex in economic growth forecasts," 2 Aug. 2018 According to Sannicandro, owner of the (somewhat ironically named) barber shop Hair Medics, the gory stunt was well deserved: 10-year-old DiPalma seriously spooked Sannicandro two months ago by placing a fake cockroach in the barber shop. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Florida barber's bloody ear prank on 10-year-old boy sparks mixed reactions," 2 Aug. 2018 Congratulations @IamSandraOh this is beyond well deserved and your history making is incredibly moving. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Sandra Oh Makes History as First Woman of Asian Descent Nominated for Lead Actress in Drama Series," 12 July 2018 Milner will enjoy a deserved rest after a long season., "James Milner Speaks Out on Twitter After Being Left Out of Liverpool's Home and Away Kit Launch," 13 June 2018 Well deserved and about time! breaking barriers and making history in so many ways!!! Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Rihanna Celebrates Victory of Barbados' First Female Prime Minister," 27 May 2018

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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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