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deserved

[dih-zurvd] /dɪˈzɜrvd/
adjective
1.
justly or rightly earned; merited:
a deserved increase in salary.
Origin
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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Examples for deserved
  • 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 deserved.
  • 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.
  • The related subject of time-to-degree has also come under deserved scrutiny.
  • The infrastructure hardly deserved the term then, and hardly does now.
  • In other words, they were twice as good at figuring out which concepts deserved more attention.
  • But there were a lot of really good films that deserved a sequel but never got one.
  • In return, he deserved to bask in the glory of discovery.
  • She said that she had been treated fairly by the courts and deserved her punishment.
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
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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