- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to get money for work that you do earn (something) He earns about $40 000 a year. She earned a living as a part-time secretary. She must earn a fortune (= earn a lot of money). All the children are earning now. earn somebody something His victory in the tournament earned him $50 000. Wordfinderbonus, commission, deduction, earn, overtime, pay, rise, salary, tax, wage CollocationsFinanceIncome earn money/cash/(informal) a fortune make money/a fortune/(informal) a killing on the stock market acquire/inherit/amass wealth/a fortune build up funds/savings get/receive/leave (somebody) an inheritance/a legacy live on a low wage/a fixed income/a pension get/receive/draw/collect a pension depend/be dependent on (British English) benefits/(North American English) welfare/social securityExpenditure spend money/your savings/(informal) a fortune on… invest/put your savings in… throw away/waste/ (informal) shell out money on… lose your money/inheritance/pension use up/ (informal) wipe out all your savings pay (in) cash use/pay by a credit/debit card pay by/make out a/write somebody a/accept a (British English) cheque/(US English) check change/exchange money/currency/(British English) traveller’s cheques/(US English) traveler’s checks give/pay/leave (somebody) a depositBanks have/hold/open/close/freeze a bank account/an account credit/debit/pay something into/take money out of your account deposit money/funds in your account withdraw money/cash/£30 from an ATM, etc. (formal) make a deposit/withdrawal find/go to/use (especially North American English) an ATM/(British English) a cash machine/dispenser be in credit/in debit/in the black/in the red/overdrawnPersonal finance manage/handle/plan/run/ (especially British English) sort out your finances plan/manage/work out/stick to a budget offer/extend credit (to somebody) arrange/take out a loan/an overdraft pay back/repay money/a loan/a debt pay for something in (especially British English) instalments/(usually North American English) installmentsFinancial difficulties get into debt/financial difficulties be short of/ (informal) be strapped for cash run out of/owe money face/get/ (informal) be landed with a bill for £… can’t afford the cost of…/payments/rent fall behind with/ (especially North American English) fall behind on the mortgage/repayments/rent incur/run up/accumulate debts tackle/reduce/settle your debts
- 2 [transitive] earn something to get money as profit or interest on money you lend, have in a bank, etc. Your money would earn more in a high-interest account.
- 3 [transitive] to get something that you deserve, usually because of something good you have done or because of the good qualities you have earn something He earned a reputation as an expert on tax law. As a teacher, she had earned the respect of her students. I need a rest. I think I've earned it, don't you? She's having a well-earned rest this week. earn somebody something His outstanding ability earned him a place on the team. Word Origin Old English earnian, of West Germanic origin, from a base shared by Old English esne ‘labourer’.Extra examples ‘I feel I’ve really earned this, ’ she said, taking up her mug of tea. First you have to earn their respect. He deservedly earned the admiration of his colleagues. He went on to earn a PhD in astronomy from the University of Maryland. She reportedly earns more than $475 000 a year The company expects to earn €600 million on sales. The workers barely earn enough to live on. his ability to earn a living lecturing profits earned from real estate sales the difficulty of earning a living as an artist the opportunity to earn more money All her children are earning now. All this new technology will have to earn its keep. As a teacher, she had earned the respect and admiration of her students. He was willing to earn his keep. Her outstanding ability earned her a place on the team. His victory in the tournament earned him $50 000. I need a drink. I think I’ve earned it, don’t you? I’ve been an actor for 20 years, earning a crust wherever I can. She’s having a well-earned rest this week. The plant will make/earn £950 million for the UK.Idioms (British English, informal) to earn enough money to live on I’ve been an actor for 20 years, earning a crust wherever I can.
- 1to do useful or helpful things in return for being allowed to live or stay somewhere
- 2to be worth the amount of time or money that is being spent He felt he no longer deserved such a high salary. He just wasn't earning his keep.
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BrE BrE//ɜːn//; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they earn
BrE BrE//ɜːn//; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrn//he / she / it earns
BrE BrE//ɜːnz//; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrnz//past simple earned
BrE BrE//ɜːnd//; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrnd//past participle earned
BrE BrE//ɜːnd//; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrnd//-ing form earning
BrE BrE//ˈɜːnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrnɪŋ//