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verb earn pronunciation in British English /ɜː(r)n/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyearn
he/she/itearns
present participleearning
past tenseearned
past participleearned

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  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 £30,000 a year.

    His illness has affected his ability to earn.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a profit from business or from money that you have in the bank

      The company earned profits of £14.9 million in the last year.

      Interest earned in this country is subject to tax.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to get something as a result of your efforts or your behaviour

    His goals have earned him a place in the club's first team.

    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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