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earn

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

earner

noun

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Origin and Etymology of earn

Middle English ernen, from Old English earnian; akin to Old High German arnōn to reap, Czech jeseň autumn


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earn

verb

Definition of earn

intransitive verb
obsolete

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Origin and Etymology of earn

probably alteration of yearn



EARN Defined for Kids

earn

verb \ ˈərn \

Definition of earn for Students

earned; earning
1 :to get for work done
  • She earns her pay.
2 :to deserve as a result of labor or service
  • He earned good grades.


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