Earn v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earned p. pr. & vb. n. Earning.]
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.
Earn n. Zoöl. See Ern, n.
Earn, v. i. To long; to yearn. [Obs.]
And ever as he rode, his heart did earn
To prove his puissance in battle brave. --Spenser.
Earn v. t. & i. To grieve. [Obs.]
Earn, v. i. To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.]
v 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]