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1earn

verb \ˈərn\

Definition of EARN

transitive verb
1
a :  to receive as return for effort and especially for work done or services rendered
b :  to bring in by way of return <bonds earning 10 percent interest>
2
a :  to come to be duly worthy of or entitled or suited to <she earned a promotion>
b :  to make worthy of or obtain for <the suggestion earned him a promotion>
earn·er noun

Origin of EARN

Middle English ernen, from Old English earnian; akin to Old High German arnōn to reap, Czech jeseň autumn
First Known Use: before 12th century

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2earn

verb

Definition of EARN

intransitive verb
obsolete
:  grieve

Origin of EARN

probably alteration of yearn
First Known Use: 1599

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