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"earn" in British 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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earnverb

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: 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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