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  1. earn
    IPA[ərn]
  2. verb

    • 1. obtain (money) in return for labor or services:

      they earn $35 per hour he earns his living as a truck driver
      Synonym : be paid, receive a salary of, take home, take home earnings of, gross, receive, get, make, obtain, draw, clear, collect, bring in, pocket, bank, rake in, pull in, haul in, net, bag
    • 2. (of an activity) cause (someone) to obtain (money):

      this latest win earned them $50,000 in prize money
    • 3. (of capital invested) gain (money) as interest or profit:

      the dollars can be placed on deposit and earn interest
    • 4. gain deservedly in return for one's behaviour or achievements:

      through the years she has earned affection and esteem
      Synonym : deserve, merit, warrant, justify, be entitled to, be worthy of, be deserving of, have a right to, gain, win, attain, achieve, secure, establish, obtain, procure, get, acquire, come to have, find, clinch, bag, net, land
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: earn, 3rd person present: earns, gerund or present participle: earning, past tense: earned, past participle: earned

    • verb

      obtain (money) in return for labour or services:

      (of an activity) cause (someone) to obtain (money):

    • noun

      a provision written into some financial transactions whereby the seller of a business will receive additional payments based on the future performance of the business sold.
    • verb

      earn more than:
    • noun

      a provision written into some financial transactions whereby the seller of a business will receive additional payments based on the future performance of the business sold.
    • (of an author, book, recording artist, etc.) generate sufficient income through sales to equal the amount paid in an advance or royalty
    • work in return for food and accommodations
    • noun

      (in the UK) a method of saving money that carries certain tax privileges:
    • put in a lot of effort to show that one deserves one's wages
    • work in return for food and accommodation
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