earn

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[ urn ]
/ ɜrn /

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.

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Origin of earn

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

SYNONYMS FOR earn

OTHER WORDS FROM earn

earn·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH earn

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British Dictionary definitions for earner (1 of 2)

earner
/ (ˈɜːnə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for earner (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with earner

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