Definitions for earnɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to gain or get in return for one's labor or service:

    to earn a living.

  2. to merit as compensation, as for service; deserve:

    to receive more than one has earned.

  3. to acquire through merit:

    to earn a reputation for honesty.

  4. to gain as due return or profit:

    Savings bonds earn interest.

  5. to bring about or cause deservedly:

    His fair dealing earned our confidence.

  6. (v.i.)to gain income.

* Syn: See gain1.

Origin of earn:

bef. 900; ME ern(i)en, OE earnian; akin to OHG arnēn to earn, harvest



  1. Obs. to grieve.

* q.

Origin of earn:

1570–80; perh. var. of yearn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in(verb)

    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

    "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"

  2. earn, garner(verb)

    acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. earn(verb)ɜrn

    to receive money for work

    I currently earn $35,000 a year.; I'll be happier when I'm earning again.

  2. earnɜrn

    to make money for the things you need to live

    He won't earn a living selling his paintings.

  3. earnɜrn

    to get money in profit or as interest

    The company failed to earn a profit this year.

  4. earnɜrn

    to deserve sth

    to earn sb's respect; You've earned a vacation.


  1. earn(Verb)

    To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.

    You can have the s'mores: you earned them, clearing the walkway of snow so well.

  2. earn(Verb)

    To receive payment for work.

    Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.

  3. earn(Verb)

    To receive payment for work.

    Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.

  4. earn(Verb)

    To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward

    My CD earns me six percent!

  5. earn(Verb)

    To be worthy of.

    To earn a spot in the top 20

  6. Origin: Old English earnian

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earn(noun)

    see Ern, n

  2. Earn(verb)

    to merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that which entitles one to (a reward, whether the reward is received or not)

  3. Earn(verb)

    to acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels

  4. Earn

    to grieve

  5. Earn(verb)

    to long; to yearn

  6. Earn(verb)

    to curdle, as milk

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earn' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4803

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earn' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2773

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'earn' in Verbs Frequency: #382

Anagrams of earn

  1. Nare

  2. Nera

Translations for earn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to gain (money, wages, one's living) by working

He earns $200 a week; He earns his living by cleaning shoes; You can afford a car now that you're earning.

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