Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of earn.

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

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Examples

  • He chose Sazanka because, in Japan, the plant represents the ideal of “never giving up”—a designation earned by the way that the flower survives the cold, even after snowfalls.

    First Contact

  • He chose Sazanka because, in Japan, the plant represents the ideal of “never giving up”—a designation earned by the way that the flower survives the cold, even after snowfalls.

    First Contact

  • Professional certification is a designation earned by a person to assure they meet the minimum knowledge requirements of the profession and is transferable from state to state and company to company.

    Michele Nash-Hoff: Why We Don't Need a New Program to Train America's Manufacturing Workers

  • The title earned the Wolverines an automatic bid to the NCAAs, where they'll play Minnesota's Bemidji State Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind. "A lot of people have jumped off the bandwagon and had an opportunity to critique Michigan," says the school's longtime hockey coach, Red Berenson.

    Hey, Michigan Won Something!

  • The title earned the Wolverines an automatic bid to the NCAAs, where they'll play Minnesota's Bemidji State Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind. "A lot of people have jumped off the bandwagon and had an opportunity to critique Michigan," says the school's longtime hockey coach, Red Berenson.

    Hey, Michigan Won Something!

  • The title earned the Wolverines an automatic bid to the NCAAs, where they'll play Minnesota's Bemidji State Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind. "A lot of people have jumped off the bandwagon and had an opportunity to critique Michigan," says the school's longtime hockey coach, Red Berenson.

    Hey, Michigan Won Something!

  • The title earned her an invitation to receive the congratulations of President Shimon Peres.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Dravid also details his almost scholarly approach to improving his game, and what he really thinks of being knicknamed 'The Wall', a name earned from the difficulty opposition have in getting him out.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Professional certification is a designation earned by a person to assure they meet the minimum knowledge requirements of the profession and is transferable from state to state and company to company.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The phrase earned its Google's corpus of books shows a slow increase in "Tornado Alley" starting in the early 1950s. a wide strip of tornado-prone regions that most often includes parts of northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska as its core.

    Slate Magazine

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