1. 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).
"The high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn." -- Milton.
2. To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels.
"I earn that [what] I eat." -- Shak.
"The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow." -- Burke.
(Baseball), a run which is made without the assistance of errors on the opposing side.
Syn. -- See Obtain.