AskDefine | Define earn

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1 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" [syn: gain, take in, clear, make, realize, realise, pull in, bring in]
2 acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions [syn: garner]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English earnian


  • italbrac RP /ɜːn/, /3:n/
  • italbrac US , /ɝn/, /3`n/
  • Rhymes with: -ɜː(r)n



; "earnt" is incorrect
  1. to gain (success) through applied effort or work
  2. to receive (money) for working
  3. to deserve (something)
  4. to receive money for working
    Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.

Derived terms


  • (gain through applied effort or work):
  • (transitive: receive (money) for working):
  • (deserve): deserve, merit
  • (intransitive: receive money for working):


gain through applied effort or work
transitive: receive (money) for working
intransitive: receive money for working
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Old English


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



earn, -es m

West Frisian


earn (p earnen)

Extensive Definition

Earning can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acquire, attain, bag, be deserving, be entitled to, be paid, be remunerated, be salaried, be seized of, be worthy of, bring in, capture, catch, clear, collect, come by, come in for, come into, contract, corral, derive, deserve, drag down, draw, draw down, draw wages, effect, enter into possession, gain, get, get an income, gross, harvest, knock down, make, merit, net, obtain, pocket, procure, pull down, rate, realize, reap, receive, sack, score, secure, take, warrant, win, work for wages
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