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Definition of earnings noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [plural] (business)
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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 Thesaurusincomepay salary wage/wages overtime 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 incomespay (often used in compounds) money that employees earn for doing their jobs:We all took pay cuts when sales figures fell. A large percentage of my paycheck goes towards health insurance for my family. The job offers good pay and benefits.salary a fixed amount of money that employees earn (usually per year) for doing their jobs:She was offered a starting salary of $33,000 per year. A person's salary does not change, no matter how many hours per week the person works.wage/wages (somewhat formal) money that a person receives for doing their job, usually calculated by the hour or by dividing an annual salary into a semi-monthly or monthly figure:By law, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. I earned $1,700 in wages last, salary, or wage?Pay is the most general of these three words. The term wages is used in accounting to describe the amount of money someone earns before any taxes or other payments are taken away. Employees who work in offices or professional people, such as teachers or doctors, usually receive a salary that is paid once or twice a month, but is usually expressed as an annual figure.overtime money that a person earns for working more hours than they had originally agreed to work:She earned $500 in overtime by working the entire holiday weekend.earnings (business) money that a person earns for their work:The industry has seen a rise in average earnings over the past two years.Patterns (a) high/low/basic income/pay/salary/wage/earnings to earn an income/your pay/a salary/a wage/overtime to earn $.. in income/pay/salary/wages/overtime to live on/support a family on a(n) income/salary/hourly wage of…
  2. 2the profit that a company makes earnings per share export earnings Topic 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/lose/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 a market capture/gain/grab/take/win/boost/lose market share identify/find/build/create a market for something start/launch an advertising/a marketing campaign develop/launch/promote a product/Web site estimate/assess/create/generate demand for your product attract/get/retain/keep/help customers/clients drive/generate/boost/increase demand/sales beat/keep ahead of/out-think/outperform/ (informal) stymie the competition meet/reach/exceed/miss sales targetsfinance draw up/set/present/propose/agree on/approve a budget keep to/balance/cut/reduce/slash the budget be/come in below/under/over/within budget generate income/revenue/profit(s)/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/an outlay get/obtain/offer somebody/grant somebody credit/a loan apply for/raise/secure/arrange/provide financingfailure lose business/trade/customers/sales/revenue accumulate/accrue/incur/run up debts suffer/sustain enormous/heavy/serious losses face cuts/a deficit/bankruptcy/a shortfall declare/file for/enter/avoid/escape bankruptcy liquidate a company/a business/assets survive/weather a recession/downturn propose/seek/block/oppose a merger launch/make/accept/contest/defeat a takeover bid
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