W2S2 [ə:n US ə:rn] v
1¦(money for work)¦
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
He earns nearly £20,000 a year.
You don't earn much money being a nurse.
He did all sorts of jobs to earn a living .
I was the only person in the house who was earning .
She was earning good money at the bank.
Chris will pay - he's earning a fortune .
see usage notegain1
2.) ¦(PROFIT)¦ [T]
to make a profit from business or from putting money in a bank etc
The movie earned £7 million on its first day.
You could earn a higher rate of interest elsewhere.
a) to do something or have qualities that make you deserve something
I think you've earned a rest.
He soon earned the respect of the players.
He hopes to earn a place in the Olympic team.
The company has earned a reputation for reliability.
b) if your actions or qualities earn you something, they make you deserve to have it
earn sb sth
That performance earned her an Oscar as Best Actress.
4.) earn your/its keep
a) to do jobs in return for being given a home and food
We older children were expected to earn our keep.
b) to be useful enough to be worth the time or money spent
These aircraft are still earning their keep.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
earn money
earn a wage/salary
earn a living (=earn enough money for the things you need to live)
earn a crust British English (=earn enough money to live)
be earning BrE (=to have a job)
earn good money/earn well (=earn a lot of money)
earn a fortune (=earn an extremely large amount of money)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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