- To earn is defined as to gain something through effort or work.
- An example of to earn is to be paid five dollars for washing a car.
- An example of to earn is to get a promotion for being very good at your job.
- An example of to earn is to take a vacation after completing a difficult and time-consuming project.
- to receive (salary, wages, etc.) for one's labor or service
- to get or deserve as a result of something one has done
- to gain (interest, etc.) as profit
Origin: Middle English ernen ; from Old English earnian, to gain, labor for, literally , to harvest, akin to German ernte, harvest, Old High German arnōn, to bring to harvest ; from Indo-European base an unverified form es-en, summer, harvest time
- earner noun
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transitive verb earned, earn·ing, earns
- To gain especially for the performance of service, labor, or work: earned money by mowing lawns.
- To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action: She earned a reputation as a hard worker.
- To yield as return or profit: a savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
Origin: Middle English ernen, from Old English earnian.
- earnˈer noun
intransitive verb earned, earn·ing, earns Obsolete
Origin: Middle English ernen, variant of yernen; see yearn.
earn - Phrases/Idioms