earn


earn
earn [ ɜrn ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to receive money for work that you do:
She doesn't earn much money, but she enjoys the work.
Most people here earn about $60,000 a year.
His illness has affected his ability to earn.
a ) transitive to make a profit from business or from money that you have in the bank:
The company earned profits of $22 million in the last year.
Interest earned in this country is subject to tax.
2. ) transitive to get something as a result of your efforts or your behavior:
His fielding has earned him a place in the starting lineup.
We had a fantastic lunch, but we'd earned it.
earn respect/praise: Your employees' respect has to be earned.
earn your keep
1. ) to pay for the things that you need by earning money or by working for the people you live with
2. ) if something earns its keep, it is useful or produces an income
earn your living
to earn enough money to pay for everything you need:
Everyone should have the means to earn their own living.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • earn — [ɜːn ǁ ɜːrn] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] to be paid money for the work you do: • The managing director s personal assistant earned £35,000 last year. • She earns a very respectable wage. • Some young people want to start earning as soon as …   Financial and business terms

  • earn — W2S2 [ə:n US ə:rn] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(money for work)¦ 2¦(profit)¦ 3¦(something deserved)¦ 4 earn your/its keep ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: earnian] 1.) ¦(MONEY FOR WORK)¦ [I and T] to receive a particular amount of money for the work that you do ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Earned} ([ e]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Earning}.] [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arn[=o]n to reap, aran harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans harvest, asneis hireling, AS. esne; cf. Icel. [ o]nn working season, work.] 1. To merit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earn — earn·er; earn·ful; earn·ing; earn; …   English syllables

  • Earn — Earn, v. i. [See 4th {Yearn}.] To long; to yearn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earn — I verb achieve, achieve by continued effort, acquire by service, attain, be deserving, be entitled to, be successful, be worthy, clear, deserve, gain, gain by labor, gain by service, get a profit, get by effort, have a right to, merere, merit,… …   Law dictionary

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Ern}, n. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), v. t. & i. [See 1st {Yearn}.] To grieve. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earn — Earn, v. i. [AS. irnan to run. [root]11. See {Rennet}, and cf. {Yearnings}.] To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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