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earn

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verb \ˈərn\

Definition of earn

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 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

Rhymes with earn


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earn

verb

Definition of earn

obsolete

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  grieve



Origin of earn

probably alteration of yearn


First Known Use: 1599




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