earn definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to achieve especially for the overall performance of solution, work, or work: made money by mowing yards.
    • to get or need as a consequence of energy or activity: She received a reputation as a tough worker.
    • To produce as return or revenue: a savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
    • To merit or need, as by work or solution; to do that which entitles one to (an incentive, perhaps the incentive is received or otherwise not).
    • to get by labor, service, or performance; to need and obtain as settlement or wages
  • idiom:
    • spurs To gain a posture through work as well as the accumulation of expertise, usually in the face of difficulties.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • Obsolete To yearn.
    • To very long; to yearn.
    • To curdle, as milk.
  • verb:
    • to get (success, incentive, recognition) through used energy or work.
    • for payment for work.
    • To receive payment for work.
    • resulting in (some one) to get payment or incentive
    • become worth.
    • To curdle, as milk.
    • To grieve.
    • acquire or deserve by a person's efforts or actions
    • make on some commercial or business deal; earn as wage or wages
  • noun:
    • See ern, n.
    • An eagle.
  • others:
    • To gain by labor, service, or performance; grab; merit or need as settlement or reward for solution, or as one's genuine or evident desert; gain a right to or perhaps the control of: as, to earn a dollar a-day; to make a fortune in trade; to earn the standing of being stingy.
    • In base-ball, to achieve or secure by batting or base-running, rather than by the errors or bad play of opponents: as, one part scored 5, but had won only 3 works.
    • To glean.
    • To curdle, as milk.
    • To yearn.
    • identical to yearn.

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