Etymology
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earn (v.)

Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, labor for, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznon "do harvest work, serve" (source also of Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), denominative verb from *azno "labor" especially "field labor" (source of Old Norse önn "work in the field," Old High German arnon "to reap"), from PIE root *es-en- "harvest, fall" (source also of Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn"). Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.

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Definitions of earn

earn (v.)
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages;
She earns a lot in her new job
Synonyms: gain / take in / clear / make / realize / realise / pull in / bring in
earn (v.)
acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions;
Synonyms: garner / win
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