deserved Definition

  • 1to have earned something because of good or bad actions
  • 2to be worthy of something

Using deserved: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deserved" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She received a promotion because she deserved it.

  • Example

    He deserved to be punished for his bad behavior.

  • Example

    The team's victory was well-deserved after all their hard work.

  • Example

    The criticism he received was fully deserved.

deserved Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with deserved

  • get what one deserves

    to receive the appropriate reward or punishment for one's actions


    He got what he deserved when he was fired for stealing from the company.

  • used to indicate that someone has received something good or bad because they earned it


    She was praised for her hard work, and deservedly so.

  • well-deserved

    fully earned or merited


    The athlete's victory was a well-deserved recognition of his talent and dedication.


Summary: deserved in Brief

The term 'deserved' [dɪˈzɜːvd] refers to having earned something through good or bad actions, or being worthy of something. It is often used in phrases like 'get what one deserves,' indicating appropriate rewards or punishments, and 'deservedly so,' acknowledging earned outcomes. 'Deserved' can also be used in idioms like 'well-deserved,' meaning fully earned or merited.