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Meaning of earn by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    Old English earnian


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ɜːn/, X-SAMPA: /3:n/
    • ( US ) enPR: ûrn, IPA: /ɝn/, X-SAMPA: /3`n/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )n
    • Homophones: ern, erne, urn


    earn ( third-person singular simple present earns present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned )

    1. ( transitive ) 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. ( transitive ) To receive payment for work .
      He earns seven million dollars a year as CEO .
      My bank account is only earning one percent interest .
    3. ( intransitive ) To receive payment for work .
      Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent .
    4. ( transitive ) To cause ( someone ) to receive payment or reward
      My CD earns me six percent!
    5. ( transitive ) To be worthy of .
      To earn a spot in the top 20
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Anglo-Saxon irnan to run. See rennet, and compare yearnings .


    • Arne, nare, near, Nera


    Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *er- ( “eagle, large bird” ), *or-. Cognate with Old Saxon arn ( Dutch arend ), Old High German aro ( German Aar ), Old Norse ǫrn ( Swedish örn, Danish ørn ), Gothic ������; and, outside the Germanic languages, with Ancient Greek ὄρνις, Old Armenian որոր ( oror, “gull” ), Old Irish irar ( Irish iolar ), Lithuanian erēlis, eagle, Old Church Slavonic orlьlъ ( Russian орёл, eagle )


    • IPA: /æɑrn/


    earn m .

    1. eagle



Explanation of earn by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. earn on some commercial or business transaction

    2. She earns a lot in her new job
    3. acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions