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earn

verb
 
 
/ɜːn/
[I or T] to receive money as payment for work that you do: How much do you earn? When I started earning, I decided to open a savings account.earn a salary/a wage/an income A typical manager will earn a salary of at least $69,000. Brokers earn commission on each sale.earn sb sth She turned down an advert that would have earned her £1 million.
[T] to make a particular amount of money from a product or business activity: His last three films have earned more than $437 million worldwide. In 1994, BBA earned pretax profit of 84.3 million pounds.earn sth from sth The region earns billions of dollars from tourism.
[T] to get an amount of money as profit or interest on an investment or loan: You can buy and sell these unit trusts when you choose, and you earn dividends. Any spare cash is best put in a savings account where it will earn interest. Local governments use the fund as a money-market account to earn interest on surplus cash.
[T] to collect a reward for doing business with a particular company or for a particular activity. You can use these rewards to buy goods or get some other advantage: Apply now to start earning loyalty points Organizations can earn carbon credits by registering an energy saving project.
earn a living ( also earn your living) to be paid the money that you need to live on: He earns a living as a self-employed consultant.
(Definition of earn from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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