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[dih-zurvd] /dɪˈzɜrvd/
justly or rightly earned; merited:
a deserved increase in salary.
Origin of deserved
First recorded in 1545-55; deserve + -ed2
Related forms
[dih-zur-vid-nis] /dɪˈzɜr vɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
half-deserved, adjective
half-deservedness, noun
undeserved, adjective
well-deserved, adjective Unabridged
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  • They had started directly after breakfast, and by noon reached a small level spot where they took a well-deserved rest.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • The right half—“the well-deserved of Anubis, Usrtsn, son of Srtuy (?)”

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • The young man started, and for a second his cheek flamed under the well-deserved reproach; but he recovered himself.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • I had the two little beggars caught, and they got a well-deserved correction.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Her novels, which deal mainly with the simple life of the Bohemian villagers, have obtained a well-deserved popularity.

British Dictionary definitions for well-deserved


adjective (well deserved when postpositive)
fully merited: a well-deserved reputation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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