Definitions for: Earn

[v] earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
[v] acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions

Webster (1913) Definition: Earn, n. (Zo["o]l.)
See Ern, n. --Sir W. Scott.

Earn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Earning.] [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arn?n to reap, aran
harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans harvest, asneis hireling, AS.
esne; cf. Icel. ["o]nn working season, work.]
1. To merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that
which entitles one to (a reward, whether the reward is
received or not).

The high repute Which he through hazard huge must
earn. --Milton.

2. To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve
and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good
living; to earn honors or laurels.

I earn that [what] I eat. --Shak.

The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or
the sweat of my brow. --Burke.

Earned run (Baseball), a run which is made without the
assistance of errors on the opposing side.

Syn: See Obtain.

Earn, v. t. & i. [See 1st Yearn.]
To grieve. [Obs.]

Earn, v. i. [See 4th Yearn.]
To long; to yearn. [Obs.]

And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his
puissance in battle brave. --Spenser.

Earn, v. i. [AS. irnan to run. [root]11. See Rennet,
and cf. Yearnings.]
To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.]

Synonyms: bring in, clear, gain, garner, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in

See Also: acquire, bear, bring home, eke out, get, gross, letter, pay, profit, rake in, rake off, shovel in, squeeze out, take home, turn a profit, yield

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