Earn

Definition of Earn

Pronunciation: ẽrn
n.1.(Zool.) See Ern, n.
v. t.1.To merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that which entitles one to (a reward, whether the reward is received or not).
[imp. & p. p. Earned (ẽrnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Earning.]
The high repute
Which he through hazard huge must earn.
- Milton.
2.To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels.
I earn that [what] I eat.
- Shak.
The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow.
- Burke.
Earned run
(Baseball) a run which is made without the assistance of errors on the opposing side.
v. t. & i.1.To grieve.
v. i.1.To long; to yearn.
And ever as he rode, his heart did earn
To prove his puissance in battle brave.
- Spenser.
1.To curdle, as milk.

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