de·​served | \ -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 \ -​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce deservedly (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​lē \ adverb
deservedness \ -​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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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 View this post on Instagram Meghan Markle arriving in Hervey Bay enroute to K’gari for a well deserved rest. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Wore Whistles' Polka Dot Dress one Week After Kate Middleton Did," 26 Oct. 2018 Atlanta may not be the first place that comes to mind for a really stellar cup of coffee since cities like Portland, Sydney, Seattle, Melbourne, Chicago and New York soak up a well-deserved share of the limelight. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 The brand has even gotten some much-deserved recognition here at Allure in the name of Best of Beauty awards. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Stock Up on Paula's Choice Products While They're on Sale Right Now," 1 Aug. 2018 Insecure is heading into its third season, and this week, the show got two things: a new trailer and a well-deserved Emmy nomination for creator Issa Rae in the outstanding comedy actress category. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Christopher Robin, Goosebumps 2, and more," 14 July 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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