earn

verb (1)
\ ˈərn How to pronounce earn (audio) \
earned; earning; earns

Definition of earn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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

verb (2)
earned; earning; earns

Definition of earn (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb (1)

earner noun

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Examples of earn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That would be by curtailing a gift to business owners granted by the 2017 Republican tax law, a special deduction that gives owners of partnerships and limited-liability companies a way to pay less than others who earn just as much money. Arkansas Online, "Here's what Biden forgot," 8 May 2021 The plan, which could take effect on Aug. 1, would also let players earn money through advertisements on their social media accounts. New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Chief, Pressured by State Laws, Pushes to Let Athletes Cash In," 8 May 2021 The plan, which could take effect Aug. 1, would also let players earn money through advertisements on their social media accounts. BostonGlobe.com, "NCAA president, pressured by state laws, pushes to let athletes cash in," 8 May 2021 That often means that instead of working in a family-friendly workplace, husbands and wives are pressured to take jobs that earn the most money. John C. Goodman, Forbes, "A Better Plan For Families: Liberation," 8 May 2021 His research, based on data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, shows that immigrants and Latino workers were twice as likely to earn less than the minimum wage from 2009 to 2019 compared with white Americans. Alexia FernÁndez Campbell And Joe Yerardi, Chron, "How companies rip off poor employees - and get away with it," 4 May 2021 His research, based on data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, shows that immigrants and Latino workers were twice as likely to earn less than the minimum wage from 2009 to 2019 compared with white Americans. Anchorage Daily News, "How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it," 4 May 2021 His research, based on data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, shows that immigrants and Latino workers were twice as likely to earn less than the minimum wage from 2009 to 2019 compared with white Americans. Alexia FernÁndez Campbell And Joe Yerardi, orlandosentinel.com, "How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it," 4 May 2021 His research, based on data from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, shows that immigrants and Latino workers were twice as likely to earn less than the minimum wage from 2009 to 2019 compared with white Americans. CBS News, "U.S. companies are stealing pay from low-wage workers, report says," 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of earn

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for earn

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

probably alteration of yearn

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12 May 2021

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“Earn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earn. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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earn

verb
\ ˈərn How to pronounce earn (audio) \
earned; earning

Kids Definition of earn

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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