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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 ?
"Have you ever earned a dollar by your own labour?" he demanded, certain of her answer, a triumphant vindictiveness in his voice.
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.
Say there is anything again earning it." This I put to myself strong, as in duty bound; "how can it be said without blaming Lawyer Lightwood for offering it to be earned?" And was it for ME to blame Lawyer Lightwood?
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."
MANAMA: Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, has honoured the latest batch of employees to have earned advanced professional certifications.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) women working full-time in the Huddersfield parliamentary constituency earned an average of PS23,786 a year in 2018.
Islamabad -- Pakistan Television (PTV) earned Rs8.22 billion in the past eight years while its sub-channels income remained Rs9.19 billion, according to the documents available with Online.
OKLAHOMA CITY Of the 901,000 workers paid hourly rates in Oklahoma in 2017, 12,000 earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, while 16,000 earned less, the U.S.