Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “earn”

See all translations

earn

verb [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.
See also
More examples
(Definition of earn from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of earn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “earn” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More