earn

\ \ [OE] The underlying sense of earn is ‘gain as a result of one’s labour’. It comes from a prehistoric West Germanic verb *aznōjan, which was based on the noun *aznuwork, labour’. This seems often to have been used specifically for ‘work in the fields’, for several other related forms in the Germanic languages, such as German ernte and Gothic asans, denote ‘harvest’, which in some cases has been metaphorically extended to apply to ‘autumn’.

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  • earn — [ɜːn ǁ ɜːrn] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] to be paid money for the work you do: • The managing director s personal assistant earned £35,000 last year. • She earns a very respectable wage. • Some young people want to start earning as soon as …   Financial and business terms

  • earn — W2S2 [ə:n US ə:rn] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(money for work)¦ 2¦(profit)¦ 3¦(something deserved)¦ 4 earn your/its keep ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: earnian] 1.) ¦(MONEY FOR WORK)¦ [I and T] to receive a particular amount of money for the work that you do ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • earn — [ ɜrn ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to receive money for work that you do: She doesn t earn much money, but she enjoys the work. Most people here earn about $60,000 a year. His illness has affected his ability to earn. a ) transitive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Earned} ([ e]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Earning}.] [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arn[=o]n to reap, aran harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans harvest, asneis hireling, AS. esne; cf. Icel. [ o]nn working season, work.] 1. To merit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earn — earn·er; earn·ful; earn·ing; earn; …   English syllables

  • Earn — Earn, v. i. [See 4th {Yearn}.] To long; to yearn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earn — I verb achieve, achieve by continued effort, acquire by service, attain, be deserving, be entitled to, be successful, be worthy, clear, deserve, gain, gain by labor, gain by service, get a profit, get by effort, have a right to, merere, merit,… …   Law dictionary

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Ern}, n. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earn — ([ e]rn), v. t. & i. [See 1st {Yearn}.] To grieve. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earn — Earn, v. i. [AS. irnan to run. [root]11. See {Rennet}, and cf. {Yearnings}.] To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • EARN — bezeichnet: einen Fluss in Schottland, siehe Earn (Fluss) die Abkürzung für das European Academic Research Network Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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