- 1 English
- 2 Old English
- 3 West Frisian
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɜːn/
- (US) enPR: ûrn, IPA(key): /ɝn/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)n
- Homophones: ern, erne, urn
- (transitive) To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
- You can have the s'mores: you earned them, clearing the walkway of snow so well.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0147:
- Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
- 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, in BBC Sport:
- England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.
- (transitive) To receive payment for work.
- He earns seven million dollars a year as CEO. My bank account is only earning one percent interest.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (intransitive) To receive payment for work.
- Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.
- (transitive) To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward.
- My CD earns me six percent!
- 1965, James Holledge, What Makes a Call Girl?, London: Horwitz Publications, page 99:
- `[T]hough I earned her a lot of money, I have nothing but regrets for what I did.'
- (transitive) To achieve by being worthy of.
- to earn a spot in the top 20
- (gain through applied effort or work): deserve, merit, garner, win
- ((transitive) receive payment for work):
- ((intransitive) receive payment for work):
- (cause someone to receive payment or reward): yield, make, generate, render
- (obsolete) To long; to yearn.
- And ever as he rode, his heart did earn / To prove his puissance in battle brave.
- (obsolete) To grieve.
earn (plural earns)
- Alternative form of
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for earn in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (“eagle, large bird”). Cognate with Old Saxon arn (Dutch arend, adelaar), Old High German aro (German Aar, Adler), Old Norse ǫrn (Swedish örn, Danish ørn), Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐌰 (ara); and, outside the Germanic languages, with Ancient Greek ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”), Old Armenian որոր (oror, “gull”), Old Irish irar (Irish iolar), Lithuanian erẽlis, Old Church Slavonic орьлъ (orĭlŭ) (Russian орёл (orjól)).
- English: erne