American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To gain especially for the performance of service, labor, or work: earned money by mowing lawns.
- v. To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action: She earned a reputation as a hard worker.
- v. To yield as return or profit: a savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
- idiom. spurs To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.
- v. Obsolete To yearn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gain by labor, service, or performance; acquire; merit or deserve as compensation or reward for service, or as one's real or apparent desert; gain a right to or the possession of: as, to earn a dollar a day; to earn a fortune in trade; to earn the reputation of being stingy.
- In base-ball, to gain or secure by batting or base-running, and not by the errors or bad play of opponents: as, one side scored 5, but had earned only 3 runs.
- To glean.
- To curdle, as milk.
- n. An eagle. This is the original English name for the eagle. It is now chiefly poetical or dialectal, or used, as in zoölogy, in special designations like
- To yearn.
- Same as yearn.
- v. transitive To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
- v. transitive To receive payment for work.
- v. intransitive To receive payment for work.
- v. transitive To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward
- v. transitive To be worthy of.
- v. UK, dialect, dated To curdle, as milk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) See ern, n.
- v. 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).
- v. To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages
- v. obsolete To grieve.
- v. obsolete To long; to yearn.
- v. Prov. Eng. To curdle, as milk.
- v. acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
- v. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
- Anglo-Saxon irnan to run. See rennet, and compare yearnings. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ernen, from Old English earnian.Middle English ernen, variant of yernen; see yearn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After about a half-mile or so, the grade steepens considerably and the meaning of the phrase "earn one's turns" becomes clear.”
“I found out it will take me 803 years to earn what Mark Teixeira will earn in one year (actually playing about 8 of those months) and I am using the term earn loosely (Does any anyone really earn that kind of money for playing a game?)”
“I don't think foxsports should abuse the word "earn" like this.”
“Moreover, their partners generally pay no more than 15 percent in taxes on most of the money they earn from the firm, compared with the top individual rate of 35 percent ....”
“We are going to talk with them and listento them and we are going to walk amongst them and again earn their support this November.”
“It's probably one of the most valuable things an employee can earn from a manager.”
“Letting those who earn money keep what they earn is NOT redistribution of wealth.”
“In my case, incidentally, the choice of writing in English was certainly motivated by wanting to earn from the writing.”
“A few white collar technically trained folks, however, may never again earn the money they made in the mid to late 1990s.”
“May we once again earn the trust you gave humanity so long ago.”
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