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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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