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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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 Feb 2020

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“Deserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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