Etymology 1 
Old English earnian
- (RP) IPA: /ɜːn/, X-SAMPA: /3:n/
- (US) enPR: ûrn, IPA: /ɝn/, X-SAMPA: /3`n/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)n
- Homophones: ern, erne, urn
- (transitive) To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
- You can have the s'mores: you earned them, clearing the walkway of snow so well.
- 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, BBC Sport:
- England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.
- (transitive) To receive payment for work.
- He earns seven million dollars a year as CEO.
- My bank account is only earning one percent interest.
- (intransitive) To receive payment for work.
- Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.
- (transitive) To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward
- My CD earns me six percent!
- (transitive) To be worthy of.
- To earn a spot in the top 20
- (gain through applied effort or work): deserve, merit, garner, win
- ((transitive) receive payment for work):
- ((intransitive) receive payment for work):
- (cause someone to receive payment or reward): yield, make, generate, render
Derived terms 
Etymology 2 
Etymology 3 
- (obsolete) To long; to yearn.
- And ever as he rode, his heart did earn / To prove his puissance in battle brave.
Etymology 4 
earn (plural earns)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old English 
Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *er- (“eagle, large bird”), *or-. Cognate with Old Saxon arn (Dutch arend, adelaar), Old High German aro (German Aar), Old Norse ǫrn (Swedish örn, Danish ørn), Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐌰; and, outside the Germanic languages, with Ancient Greek ὄρνις, Old Armenian որոր (oror, “gull”), Old Irish irar (Irish iolar), Lithuanian erēlis, eagle, Old Church Slavonic orlьlъ (Russian орёл, eagle)
- IPA: /æɑrn/
- English: erne
West Frisian 
earn c (plural earnen)