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

Examples of deserved in a Sentence

a well deserved promotion for a hard worker

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Expense reports: Cleveland City Councilman Ken Johnson, who for more than a decade has been reimbursed $1,200 a month for expenses that often lacked supporting documentation, is finally getting some well-deserved scrutiny. Cliff Pinckard,, "Farmers bemoan constant rain delaying crops: The Wake Up for Friday, June 14, 2019," 14 June 2019 Guardiola's side compounded Arsenal's misery with a dominant second-half display with goals from both Vincent Kompany and David Silva ensuring a deserved 3-0 win for the Premier League leaders., "Story Behind Manchester City Defender Benjamin Mendy's Picture With Police Revealed," 27 Feb. 2018 Donald Glover and Brian Tyree Henry picked up much-deserved Emmy nominations last year, and Beetz should have been there with them. Glenn Whipp,, "Ten Emmy contenders that shouldn't slip through the cracks," 15 June 2018 Kate Middleton, who had taken a long and well-deserved spring break with her children, is back to doing solo outings this morning. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Is Back from Break With a Solo Outing for the Sweetest Reason," 1 May 2019 But with her wedding ceremonies behind her, the actor is taking some well-deserved vacation time with her new husband Nick Jonas. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra’s Makeup-Free Selfie Is Serious Vacation Vibes," 25 Mar. 2019 For that, a major bravo—maybe even a slow clap—is well deserved. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Michael B. Jordan Is the Latest Hollywood Man to Rock a Harness," 28 Jan. 2019 And thankfully for that, it's given Letitia Wright a well-deserved place in the Hollywood spotlight. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Letitia Wright Crowned Box Office Queen of 2018," 2 Jan. 2019 As the holiday season swings into full gear, what better way to indulge in some much-deserved merrymaking than with a host of Christmas crackers and ornaments bound to liven up even the steeliest of gatherings? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "13 Bite-Size Beauty Gifts to Kick Start the Holiday Festivities," 17 Dec. 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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