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Topic: FINANCE

Language: Old English
Origin: earnian

earn

verb
     
earn S2 W2
1

money for work

[intransitive and transitive]BE to receive a particular amount of money for the work that you doCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
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 British English (=to have a job) earn good money/earn well (=earn a lot of money) earn a fortune (=earn an extremely large amount of money)
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 note gain1
2

profit

[transitive]BF 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.
3

something deserved

[transitive]
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 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 somebody something
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.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

gain, earn, get
Do not use gain to mean 'get money for work you do'. Use earn people earning less than £10,000 per year How much does he earn?Gain means to get something useful or necessary, whether or not you deserve it I have gained a lot of useful experience. Her problems seem to have gained her more support from the public.Use earn rather than gain to say that you get something because you deserve it Through hard work you will earn the respect of your colleagues.Get can be used as a less formal way of saying gain or earn I get $20 an hour. He has started to get a reputation for being awkward.See also gain
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