justly or rightly earned; merited: a deserved increase in salary.

1545–55; deserve + -ed2

deservedness [dih-zur-vid-nis] , noun
half-deserved, adjective
half-deservedness, noun
undeserved, adjective
well-deserved, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), deserved, deserving.
to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; a theory that deserves consideration.
verb (used without object), deserved, deserving.
to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as he deserves; an idea deserving of study.

1250–1300; Middle English deserven < Anglo-French, Old French deservir, Latin dēservīre to devote oneself to the service of, equivalent to dē- de- + servīre to serve

deserver, noun
predeserve, verb (used with object), predeserved, predeserving.

1. rate, warrant, justify. Unabridged
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deserve (dɪˈzɜːv)
vb (foll by of)
1.  (tr) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
2.  obsolete to be worthy
[C13: from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre to serve devotedly, from de- + servīre to serve]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. deservir, from L. deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" + servire "to serve." From "be entitled to because of good service" (s sense found in L.L.), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of."
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Example sentences
At the end of the day, everyone reunites back at the lodge for a well-deserved dinner.
The respect she has earned across the spectrum of views on climate is well
For once the reward has fallen where it is deserved.
He also told friends that she did not treat him with the respect a boss
  deserved and had tried to discredit him.
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