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earnverb [I or T]

uk   /ɜːn/  us   /ɝːn/
A2 to ​receivemoney as ​payment for ​work that you do: I earn $80,000 a ​year. How much do you earn, if you don't ​mind me ​asking? You can't ​expect to earn a ​living (= be ​paid enough ​money to ​live on) from ​yourpainting. [+ two objects] Coffee ​exports earn (= give)Brazil many millions of ​dollars a ​year./​Brazil earns many millions of ​dollars a ​year fromcoffeeexports.C2 to get something that you ​deserve: It's been a ​tough six ​months and I ​feel I've earned a few ​weeks off.
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(Definition of earn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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earnverb [T]

 us   /ɜrn/
to ​receivemoney as ​payment for ​work that you do, or to get something that you ​deserve because of ​yourabilities or ​actions: [T] This month’s ​raisemeans that I’ll be earning $45,000 a ​year. [T] After all the ​work I’ve done, I’ve earned a ​vacation.
(Definition of earn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"earn" in Business English

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earnverb

uk   us   /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 ​savingsaccount.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 ​businessactivity: His last three films have earned more than $437 million ​worldwide. In 1994, BBA earnedpretax 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 ​unittrusts when you choose, and you earn ​dividends. Any spare ​cash is best put in a ​savingsaccount where it will earn ​interest. Local ​governments use the ​fund as a money-market ​account to earn ​interest on surpluscash.
[T] to ​collect a ​reward for doing ​business with a particular ​company or for a particular ​activity. You can use these ​rewards to ​buygoods or get some other ​advantage: Apply now to ​start earningloyalty points Organizations can earncarbon credits by ​registering an ​energysavingproject.
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-employedconsultant.
(Definition of earn from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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