What does EARN mean?

Definitions for EARN

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring inverb

    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, garnerverb

    acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions


  1. earnverb

    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. earnverb

    To receive payment for work.

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

  3. earnverb

    To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward

    My CD earns me six percent!

  4. earnverb

    To be worthy of.

    To earn a spot in the top 20

  5. Etymology: Old English earnian

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Earnverb

    Etymology: earnian, Saxon.

    Those that have joined with their honour great perils, are less subject to envy; for men think that they earn their honours hardly. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Winning cheap the high repute,
    Which he through hazard huge must earn. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I to the evil turn
    My obvious breast; arming to overcome
    By suffering, and earn rest from labour won. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    Men may discern
    From what consummate virtue I have chose
    This perfect man, by merit call’d my son,
    To earn salvation for the sons of men. Paradise Regained.

    Since they all beg, it were better for the state to keep them, even although they earned nothing. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    This is the great expence of the poor, that takes up almost all their earnings. John Locke.

    The poems gained the plagiary wealth, while the author hardly earned his bread by repeating them. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Homer.

    After toiling twenty days,
    To earn a stock of pence and praise,
    Thy labour’s grown the critick’s prey. Jonathan Swift.

    I can’t say whore;
    It does abhor me, now I speak the word:
    To do the act, that might th’ addition earn,
    Not the world’s mass of vanity could make me. William Shakespeare, Othello.


  1. earn

    To earn is to receive payment, goods, or a particular status in return for work or services provided. It can also refer to the act of acquiring something through effort or merit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earnnoun

    see Ern, n

  2. Earnverb

    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. Earnverb

    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. Earnverb

    to long; to yearn

  6. Earnverb

    to curdle, as milk

  7. Etymology: [See 4th Yearn.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Earn

    ėrn, v.t. to gain by labour: to acquire: to deserve.—n.pl. Earn′ings, what one has earned: money saved. [A.S. earnian, to earn; cog. with Old High Ger. aran, to reap; Ger. ernte, harvest.]

  2. Earn

    ėrn, v.i. to yearn. [A variant of yearn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. earn

    To receive money or currency for providing commodities, goods, products or services.

    We do earn a just sufficient income and are very grateful for it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

  2. earn

    To receive money or currency for work, employment or self-employment.

    They did earn a just sufficient income that gave the ability to create together a simple yet joyful and unifying wedding day with all those they love.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of EARN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of EARN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of EARN in a Sentence

  1. Bill Rausch:

    6 Certified encourages content creators to present a normalized and asset-focused view of our nation’s returning service members, striking down the negative, stereotypical, or extreme depictions of veterans as either ‘ charity cases ’ or ‘ heroes, ’ studios, producers and other content creators that successfully complete certification earn a 6 Certified badge that they can display during a given film or television series ’ end credits.

  2. Med Jones:

    A simple lifestyle gives you freedom. An expensive lifestyle enslaves you. Create a simple lifestyle, regardless of how much money you earn. Simple living will remove unnecessary demands on your life and free your mind to make the right choices. Simplicity will reduces your stress and make you happier

  3. Hubert Horan:

    The bigger issue is that even with dominance, there is no evidence that any of these companies can actually earn sustainable profits while providing the level of fares and car availability that made them popular.

  4. Virat Kohli:

    Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    Believe me, I know that it's not going to be easy, that I'm going to have to work hard to earn every single vote and get every caucus-goer I can round up to show up next February.

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