earn

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[ urn ]
/ ɜrn /
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verb (used with object)

to gain or get in return for one's labor or service: to earn one's living.
to merit as compensation, as for service; deserve: to receive more than one has earned.
to acquire through merit: to earn a reputation for honesty.
to gain as due return or profit: Savings accounts earn interest.
to bring about or cause deservedly: His fair dealing earned our confidence.

verb (used without object)

to gain income: securities that earn on a quarterly basis.

Nearby words

  1. early-type star,
  2. early-warning system,
  3. earmark,
  4. earmuff,
  5. earmuffs,
  6. earn one's keep,
  7. earn one's stripes,
  8. earn, loch,
  9. earned income,
  10. earned run

Origin of earn

1
before 900; Middle English ern(i)en, Old English earnian; akin to Old High German arnēn to earn, harvest

SYNONYMS FOR earn
Related formsearn·er, noun

Can be confusedearn urn

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British Dictionary definitions for earner

earner

/ (ˈɜːnə) /

noun

a person who earns money
British and Australian informal an activity or thing that produces income, esp illicitlya nice little earner

earn

/ (ɜːn) /

verb

to gain or be paid (money or other payment) in return for work or service
(tr) to acquire, merit, or deserve through behaviour or actionhe has earned a name for duplicity
(tr) (of securities, investments, etc) to gain (interest, return, profit, etc)

Word Origin for earn

Old English earnian; related to Old High German arnēn to reap, Old Saxon asna salary, tithe

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Word Origin and History for earner
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Idioms and Phrases with earner

earn

In addition to the idioms beginning with earn

  • earn one's keep
  • earn one's stripes

also see:

  • penny saved is a penny earned
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