Earn Earn ([~e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Earned} ([~e]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Earning}.] [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arn[=o]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). [1913 Webster]

The high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I earn that [what] I eat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: See {Obtain}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • earn — W2S2 [ə:n US ə:rn] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(money for work)¦ 2¦(profit)¦ 3¦(something deserved)¦ 4 earn your/its keep ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: earnian] 1.) ¦(MONEY FOR WORK)¦ [I and T] to receive a particular amount of money for the work that you do ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • earn — [ ɜrn ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to receive money for work that you do: She doesn t earn much money, but she enjoys the work. Most people here earn about $60,000 a year. His illness has affected his ability to earn. a ) transitive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • Earn — Earn, v. i. [See 4th {Yearn}.] To long; to yearn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earn — I verb achieve, achieve by continued effort, acquire by service, attain, be deserving, be entitled to, be successful, be worthy, clear, deserve, gain, gain by labor, gain by service, get a profit, get by effort, have a right to, merere, merit,… …   Law dictionary

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Ern}, n. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Earn — Earn, v. i. [AS. irnan to run. [root]11. See {Rennet}, and cf. {Yearnings}.] To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • EARN — bezeichnet: einen Fluss in Schottland, siehe Earn (Fluss) die Abkürzung für das European Academic Research Network Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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