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[urn] /ɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to gain or get in return for one's labor or service:
to earn one's living.
2.
to merit as compensation, as for service; deserve:
to receive more than one has earned.
3.
to acquire through merit:
to earn a reputation for honesty.
4.
to gain as due return or profit:
Savings accounts earn interest.
5.
to bring about or cause deservedly:
His fair dealing earned our confidence.
verb (used without object)
6.
to gain income:
securities that earn on a quarterly basis.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English ern(i)en, Old English earnian; akin to Old High German arnēn to earn, harvest
Related forms
earner, noun
Synonyms
1. procure, make, receive, obtain. See gain1 .

earn2

[urn] /ɜrn/
verb (used without object), Obsolete
1.
to grieve.
Origin
1570-80; perhaps variant of yearn
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  • These performances in tight situations earned him the nickname of iceman.
  • The two movies earned the acclaim of critics, but not the public.
  • With this boost of confidence, perez easily earned the starting position on jv.
  • He earned six shillings a week pasting labels on jars of thick shoe polish.
  • He also expanded the earned income tax credit, a subsidy for low income workers.
  • Trick score the score earned by contracting for and taking tricks.
  • All earned income from capital gains is taxed the same as regular income.
  • The team went undefeated that season and it earned the top spot.
British Dictionary definitions for earned

earn

/ɜːn/
verb
1.
to gain or be paid (money or other payment) in return for work or service
2.
(transitive) to acquire, merit, or deserve through behaviour or action: he has earned a name for duplicity
3.
(transitive) (of securities, investments, etc) to gain (interest, return, profit, etc)
Word Origin
Old English earnian; related to Old High German arnēn to reap, Old Saxon asna salary, tithe
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Word Origin and History for earned

earn

v.

Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznojan (cf. Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), from *azna "labor" especially "field labor" (cf. Old Norse önn "work in the field"), from PIE *aznon "to do harvest work, serve" (cf. Old High German arnon "to reap"), denominative verb from *es-en- "harvest, fall" (cf. Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn").

Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.

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