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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of earn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gained as a result of effort or action; -- used especially of income. Contrasted with unearned.
  • adj. not resulting from an error by an opposing team; -- used in the phrase earned runs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. gained or acquired; especially through merit or as a result of effort or action


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