de·​served di-ˈzərvd How to pronounce deserved (audio)
: of, relating to, or being that which one deserves
a deserved reputation
di-ˈzər-vəd-lē How to pronounce deserved (audio)
di-ˈzər-vəd-nəs How to pronounce deserved (audio)

Examples of deserved in a Sentence

a well deserved promotion for a hard worker
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Word History


from past participle of deserve

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deserved was circa 1552

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“Deserved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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de·​served -ˈzərvd How to pronounce deserved (audio)
: of, relating to, or being that which one deserves
a deserved punishment
deservedly adverb
deservedness noun

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