verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of earn1
Related formsearn·er, noun
Can be confusedearn urn
Definition for earn (2 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for earn
Word Origin for earn
Idioms and Phrases with earn
In addition to the idioms beginning with earn
- earn one's keep
- earn one's stripes
- penny saved is a penny earned