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  Dictionary Definition of earn

earn
verb (t)
1. to gain by labour or service: to earn one's living.
2. to merit as compensation, as for service; deserve: to receive more than one has earned.
3. to get as one's desert or due: to earn a reputation for honesty.
4. to gain as due return or profit: defence bonds earn interest.
5. to bring or procure as deserved: fair dealing earns confidence.
-- noun
6. Prison Colloquial proceeds of a robbery.
[ME ernie ( n ), OE earnian; akin to OHG arnen earn]
-- earner, noun