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deserved

[dih-zurvd] /dɪˈzɜrvd/
adjective
1.
justly or rightly earned; merited:
a deserved increase in salary.
Origin of deserved
1545-1555
1545-55; deserve + -ed2
Related forms
deservedness
[dih-zur-vid-nis] /dɪˈzɜr vɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
half-deserved, adjective
half-deservedness, noun
undeserved, adjective
well-deserved, adjective

deserve

[dih-zurv] /dɪˈzɜrv/
verb (used with object), deserved, deserving.
1.
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.
2.
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.
Origin
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
Related forms
deserver, noun
predeserve, verb (used with object), predeserved, predeserving.
Synonyms
1. rate, warrant, justify.
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  • I examined this shred of skin with all the care that it deserved.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • You have never been put to a test till now, that deserved to be called a test.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I have no doubt of that, and so she died as she deserved to die.'

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Well had he deserved his native name of Bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • You have done more for me than I expected, and a hundred times more than I deserved.

    Under the Red Robe Stanley Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for deserved

deserve

/dɪˈzɜːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
2.
(obsolete) (intransitive) foll by of. to be worthy
Derived Forms
deserved, adjective
deservedness (dɪˈzɜːvɪdnɪs) noun
deserver, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre to serve devotedly, from de- + servīre to serve
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Word Origin and History for deserved

deserve

v.

early 13c., from Old French deservir (Modern French desservir) "deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit," from Latin deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" (see de-) + servire "to serve" (see serve). From "be entitled to because of good service" (a sense found in Late Latin), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of." Related: Deserved; deserving.

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