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English definition of “earn”


verb [T]  /ɜrn/ us  
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.
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