verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- early-type star,
- early-warning system,
- earn one's keep,
- earn one's stripes,
- earn, loch,
- earned income,
- earned run
Origin of earn1
verb (used without object) Obsolete.
Origin of earn2
Examples from the Web for earn
The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.
“This is a job I knew I had to earn,” he said in an interview.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only about 3.3 million Americans (pdf) earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or less.
While Collins lost this match, her $9,100 total was enough to earn a Wild Card and advance.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“In the long run, the government will earn money by granting work permits,” and collecting taxes from undocumented workers.
There are always boys hanging about to earn a few pence by taking care of boats.The Queen's Cup|G. A. Henty
It is wonderful what an amount of labor it costs to earn even the little the natives seem to care for.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)|Ida Husted Harper
If she marries, well and good; if she remains single, well and good too, provided she can earn her living or has means.Home Life in Germany|Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
You are going to have a big salary and earn lots and lots of money.A Doll's House|Henrik Ibsen
When his money gave out, if he still wanted to stay on he could earn his living as well there as here.Rough-Hewn|Dorothy Canfield
Word Origin for earn
Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznojan (cf. Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), from *azna "labor" especially "field labor" (cf. Old Norse önn "work in the field"), from PIE *aznon "to do harvest work, serve" (cf. Old High German arnon "to reap"), denominative verb from *es-en- "harvest, fall" (cf. Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn").
Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with earn
- earn one's keep
- earn one's stripes
- penny saved is a penny earned