Definition of earn
- bonds earning 10 percent interest
- she earned a promotion
- the suggestion earned him a promotion
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: circa 1530See Words from the same year
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an inn where caravans rest at night
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