Definition of earnings noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɜːnɪŋz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrnɪŋz//
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  1. 1the money that you earn for the work that you do a rise in average earnings compensation for loss of earnings caused by the accident Synonymsincomewage/​wages pay salary earningsThese are all words for money that a person earns or receives for their work.income money that a person receives for their work, or from investments or business:people on low incomeswage/​wages money that employees get for doing their job, usually paid every week:a weekly wage of £200pay money that employees earn for doing their job:The job offers good rates of pay.salary money that employees earn for doing their job, usually paid every month.wage, pay or salary?Pay is the most general of these three words. Employees who work in factories, etc. get their wages each week. Employees who work in offices or professional people such as teachers or doctors receive a salary that is paid each month, but is usually expressed as an annual figure.earnings money that a person earns from their work:a rise in average earnings for factory workersPatterns (a) high/​low/​basic income/​wage/​pay/​salary/​earnings to earn an income/​a wage/​your pay/​a salary to be on a(n) income/​wage/​salary of…
  2. 2the profit that a company makes earnings per share export earnings CollocationsBusinessRunning a business buy/​acquire/​own/​sell a company/​firm/​franchise set up/​establish/​start/​start up/​launch a business/​company run/​operate a business/​company/​franchise head/​run a firm/​department/​team make/​secure/​win/​block a deal expand/​grow/​build the business boost/​increase investment/​spending/​sales/​turnover/​earnings/​exports/​trade increase/​expand production/​output/​sales boost/​maximize production/​productivity/​efficiency/​income/​revenue/​profit/​profitability achieve/​maintain/​sustain growth/​profitability cut/​reduce/​bring down/​lower/​slash costs/​prices announce/​impose/​make cuts/​cutbacksSales and marketing break into/​enter/​capture/​dominate the market gain/​grab/​take/​win/​boost/​lose market share find/​build/​create a market for something start/​launch an advertising/​a marketing campaign develop/​launch/​promote a product/​website create/​generate demand for your product attract/​get/​retain/​help customers/​clients drive/​generate/​boost/​increase demand/​sales beat/​keep ahead of/​out-think/​outperform the competition meet/​reach/​exceed/​miss sales targetsFinance draw up/​set/​present/​agree/​approve a budget keep to/​balance/​cut/​reduce/​slash the budget be/​come in below/​under/​over/​within budget generate income/​revenue/​profit/​funds/​business fund/​finance a campaign/​a venture/​an expansion/​spending/​a deficit provide/​raise/​allocate capital/​funds attract/​encourage investment/​investors recover/​recoup costs/​losses/​an investment get/​obtain/​offer somebody/​grant somebody credit/​a loan apply for/​raise/​secure/​arrange/​provide financeFailure lose business/​trade/​customers/​sales/​revenue accumulate/​accrue/​incur/​run up debts suffer/​sustain enormous/​heavy/​serious losses face cuts/​a deficit/​redundancy/​bankruptcy file for/ (North American English) enter/​avoid/​escape bankruptcy (British English) go into administration/​liquidation liquidate/​wind up a company survive/​weather a recession/​downturn propose/​seek/​block/​oppose a merger launch/​make/​accept/​defeat a takeover bid
  3. Extra examples An earnings shortfall might point to problems with our forecasting abilities. Blue-collar workers saw their real earnings diminish. Chile’s earnings from exports rose by 2%. He was jailed for six months in June for living off immoral earnings. Her net earnings last year were $15 000. Her win in Australia has taken her career earnings through the million-dollar barrier. Levels of earnings are still rising. People with a university education tend to have higher earnings than those with a basic education. She is also claiming compensation for loss of earnings. The company reported earnings of $2.9 million. The show has pushed her earnings past $2 million a year. The stock trades at about 40 times earnings. You must declare all earnings to authorities. You must declare all earnings to the tax office. an earnings-related pension scheme annual earnings of £20 000 damages awarded for lost earnings earnings generated by investing your income his 2008 earnings estimate of 73 cents a share long-term increases in corporate revenues and earnings the company’s projected earnings for the next twelve months the growth in average earnings over the last ten years the second-quarter earnings announcement She received compensation for loss of earnings caused by the accident. The company’s earnings per share have fallen to 29p. There has been a definite rise in average earnings for factory workers. Whisky accounts for a large percentage of Scotland’s export earnings.
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