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Earn appears in the following tongue twister:

  • We will learn why her lowly lone, worn yarn loom will rarely earn immoral money.
    (by Ray Weisling)

The word earn is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb earn

What does earn mean as a doing word?

Earn is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: earned | earning | earns

  1. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    • examples: She earns a lot in her new job | They earn the money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / for / on [Source]John earned $10 million on proceeds from the sale
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): cash, fetch, gain, get, save, score, secure, steal.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of earn: bring in / clear / gain / make / pull in / realise / realize / take in
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific terms:
  2. acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of earn: garner / win
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific word: letter = win an athletic letter

Alternative definition of the verb earn

verb

  1. [transitive] To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
  2. [transitive] To receive payment for work.
    • [intransitive] To receive payment for work.
      • [transitive] To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward

      Phrases with earn

      1. Earn One's Keep
      2. pay as you earn

      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for earn

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      Google previewAcquisition, Analysis and Use of Clinical Transplant Data (2013)

      Proceedings by Rainer Janßen, Gerhard Opelz

      EARN is a wide area computer network which links by means of leased telephone lines, approximately 700 mainframe...

      Google previewFundamental Criteria for Stock Selection (2010)

      by Michael C. Thomsett

      The yield you will earn is the yield paid based on ...

      Google previewProclivities (2015)

      A Pop Culture Odyssey by Jay Alan Reeves

      Earn is the amount of money you make over a measured period of time—one year for example—and can change depending upon the number of hours you work or the normal pay scale for your job. The ruse created by these two women is that ...

      Google previewWeb Information Systems - WISE 2006 Workshops (2006)

      WISE 2006 International Workshops, Wuhan, China, October 23-26, 2006, Proceedings by Ling Feng

      iduction earn is a sequence of data items xl,---,xl,---xri such that the items are read creasing order of the indices ...

      Google previewAnimal Rights (2016)

      Moral Theory and Practice by Mark Rowlands

      That is, the principle that one is not morally entitled to benefits that accrue from properties one has done nothing to earn is a principle which provides a conceptual foundation for the politics of liberal equality and its embodied ideal of equality of ...

      Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

      A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

      EARN—EARNEST. ' in general consist of alternate rounds and deeply-cut hollows, with a small admixture of fillets, producing a strong effect of light and shadow.'—— Gloss. of Architecture. From the same work we borrow the accompanying ...

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      Usage statistics about earn

      The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb earn:

      garnerearnclearrealizegainrealisewinmake

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      Quotes about earn

      Property will not earn life, but life will earn property.
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      Scrabble value of E1A1R1N1

      The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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