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verb earn pronunciation in American English /ɜrn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyearn
he/she/itearns
present participleearning
past tenseearned
past participleearned
  1. 1
    [intransitive/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.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a profit from business or from money that you have in the bank
      The company earned profits of $22 million in the last year.
      Interest earned in this country is subject to tax.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to get something as a result of your efforts or your behavior
    His fielding has earned him a place in the starting lineup.
    We had a fantastic lunch, but we felt we had earned it.
    earn respect/praise: You have to earn your employees’ respect.
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