- From the verb deserve: (⇒ conjugate)
- deserved is: ⓘClick the infinitive to see all available inflections
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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de•served /dɪˈzɜrvd/USA pronunciation adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•serv•ed•ly /diˈzɜrvɪdli/USA pronunciation adv.: They won the race, and deservedly so.
- being worthy of reward, punishment, etc.:It was a well-deserved victory.
(di zûrvd′),USA pronunciation adj. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
(di zûrvd′),USA pronunciation n.
- justly or rightly earned; merited:a deserved increase in salary.
de•serve /dɪˈzɜrv/USA pronunciation
v. [ not: be + ~-ing], -served, -serv•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to merit, be worthy of, or have a claim to (reward, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or circumstances: [ ~ + obj]:The teachers deserve a pay raise.[ ~ + to + verb]:A hard worker deserves to succeed.
(di zûrv′),USA pronunciation v., -served, -serv•ing. v.t.
- 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.
- 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.
- Anglo-French, Old French deservir, Latin dēservīre to devote oneself to the service of, equivalent. to dē- de- + servīre to serve
- Middle English deserven 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rate, warrant, justify.
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deserve /dɪˈzɜːv/ vb
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French deservir, from Latin dēservīre to serve devotedly, from de- + servīre to servedeˈserved adj deservedness /dɪˈzɜːvɪdnɪs/ n
- (transitive) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
- (intransitive) followed by of: obsolete to be worthy
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