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earn   WordNet 2.0

- earn on some commercial or business transaction

- earn as salary or wages
"How much do you make a month in your new job?"
"She earns a lot in her new job"
"this merger brought in lots of money"
"He clears $5,000 each month"

 
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- acquire or deserve by one''s efforts or actions

 
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Earn   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. See Ern, n. Sir W. Scott.

 
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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.

Earned run
(Baseball), a run which is made without the assistance of errors on the opposing side.

Syn. -- See Obtain.

 
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1. To grieve. [Obs.]

 
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1. To long; to yearn. [Obs.]

"And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave." -- Spenser.

 
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1. To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.]

 
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