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tr.v. earned, earn·ing, earns
1. To gain especially for the performance of service, labor, or work: earned money by mowing lawns.
2. To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action: She earned a reputation as a hard worker.
3. To yield as return or profit: a savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
earn (one's) spurs/stripes
To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.

[Middle English ernen, from Old English earnian.]

earn′er n.
Synonyms: earn, deserve, merit, rate1, win
These verbs mean to gain as a result of one's behavior or effort: earns a large salary; deserves our thanks; a suggestion that merits consideration; an event that rates a mention in the news; a candidate who won wide support.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.earned - gained or acquired; especially through merit or as a result of effort or action; "a well-earned reputation for honesty"; "earned income"; "an earned run in baseball"
unearned - not gained by merit or labor or service; "accepted the unearned rewards that came his ways as well as the unearned criticism"; "unearned income"; "an unearned run"
References in classic literature ?
A woman who earned eighteen hundred dollars a year was worth looking at.
for she had begun to cry); "I would not go back to the old times if I earned twice as much, so that is settled, little woman.
It is my own crust of bread that I eat; and though that crust is but a poor one, and sometimes actually a maggoty one, it has at least been EARNED, and therefore, is being put to a right and lawful use.
Not alone had those eight months earned him enough money to stay on land for many weeks, but they had enabled him to do a great deal of studying and reading.
Butlers who earned thirty thousand a year and could be Supreme Court justices if they wanted to.
It is my own, and fairly earned, and that is enough.
MediaMath and Cision today announced a joint partnership that enables brands to integrate data from earned media with paid media, giving brands a holistic view of their customers.
Of those earning between PS50k and PS54,999, 85 were men and 71 were women; 231 men and 168 women earned between PS55k and PS59,999; 37 men and 26 women earned between PS60k and PS64,999; 55 men and 43 women earned between PS65k and PS69,999; 44 men and 33 women earned between PS70k and PS74,999; 26 men and 17 women earned between PS75k and PS79,999, six men and seven women earned between PS80k and PS84,999; 11 men and eight women earned between PS85k and PS89,999; and 11 men and five women earned between PS90k and PS94,999.
2 : to deserve as a result of labor or service <He earned good grades.
Miles earned through December 31 count toward elite status through the "Everything Counts" promotion.
citizens or residents living abroad have been allowed to exclude certain foreign earned income and housing costs from taxable income, regardless of whether any foreign tax is paid on these amounts, under IRC section 911.
Although this is hardly new, more and more practitioners must now advise individuals who have sources of income earned in Other countries as a result of being indirect members of the U.