Meaning of “earn” in the English Dictionary

"earn" in English

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earnverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɜːn/ us /ɝːn/

A2 to receive money 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 your painting.
[ + two objects ] Coffee exports earn (= give) Brazil many millions of dollars a year./Brazil earns many millions of dollars a year from coffee exports.

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)

"earn" in American English

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earnverb [ T ]

us /ɜrn/

to receive money as payment for work that you do, or to get something that you deserve because of your abilities or actions:

[ T ] This month’s raise means 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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uk /ɜːn/ us

[ 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:

(Definition of “earn” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)