• "'Live on sixpence a day—and earn it!'"
    "'Live on sixpence a day—and earn it!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v earn earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages "How much do you make a month in your new job?","She earns a lot in her new job","this merger brought in lots of money","He clears $5,000 each month"
    • v earn acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'" "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Glenn Miller was the first performer to earn a gold record. He got it for the Chattanooga Choo Choo on February 10, 1942.
    • n Earn ẽrn (Zoöl) See Ern n.
    • Earn To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels. "I earn that [what] I eat.""The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow."
    • v. i Earn To curdle, as milk.
    • v. t. & i Earn ẽrn To grieve.
    • v. i Earn To long; to yearn. "And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave."
    • Earn To merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that which entitles one to (a reward, whether the reward is received or not). "The high repute
      Which he through hazard huge must earn ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Harrison Ford is the only actor whose ten highest grossing movies have each earned at least $200 million.
    • earn To gain by labor, service, or performance; acquire; merit or deserve as compensation or reward for service, or as one's real or apparent desert; gain a right to or the possession of: as, to earn a dollar a day; to earn a fortune in trade; to earn the reputation of being stingy.
    • earn In base-ball, to gain or secure by batting or base-running, and not by the errors or bad play of opponents: as, one side scored 5, but had earned only 3 runs.
    • earn To glean.
    • earn To curdle, as milk.
    • n earn An eagle. This is the original English name for the eagle. It is now chiefly poetical or dialectal, or used, as in zoölogy, in special designations like bald earn.
    • earn To yearn.
    • earn Same as yearn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lou Gehrig earned a total of $316,000 during his 17 year career with the New York Yankees. In 1992, a fan paid $363,000 for a Yankee jersey that Gehrig wore during the 1927 season.
    • v.t Earn ėrn to gain by labour: to acquire: to deserve
    • v.i Earn ėrn to yearn.
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
  • Rev. John Wellesly
    Rev. John Wellesly
    “EARN as much as you can. SAVE as much as you can. INVEST as much as you can. GIVE as much as you can.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Of toiling, uncheered and alone, That wins us the prizes worth earning, and leads us to goals we would own.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.”
  • Robert R. Young
    Robert R. Young
    “There can be no liberty that isn't earned.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned.”


A penny saved is a penny earned - Saving money is just as important as earning money- we shouldn't spend it foolishly.
Earn a living - To make money. Example: We need to get a good job to earn a decent living.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. earnian,; akin to OHG. arnōn, to reap, aran, harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans, harvest, asneis, hireling, AS. esne,; cf. Icel. önn, working season, work
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of yearn.


In literature:

One white slave was made to earn for them in May, 1908, the sum of $723.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
If a penny saved is a penny earned, then a penny earned by work is worth twopence.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
He worked hard, but it was all he could do to earn bread for his family.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
She knew that the troupe earned a great deal and that the troupe was herself.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Possibly he invests his surplus earnings in stocks and bonds.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
His day in the Kalendar is June 22, and he died about 520 A.D. Dundurn=Dun d'Earn.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
I'd rather earn my money, even if I don't get so much.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It was a sovereign easily earned.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
If he was able to believe that I can earn my own living and that he could earn his.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Your father gave them to me and how hard he worked to earn them!
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
Nothing to earn a dollar at before the spring, and it will cost you considerable to board at Regina or Brandon.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
To demand more wages than has been earned is an attempt at robbery.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
The season now lasts some three weeks, during which a family may earn anything from two to four pounds.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
This would tend to establish one level of earnings for women, and a different one for men.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
They are actually earning money.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
I intend to earn my wages, sir, and from your own account I should judge you had very little use for an assistant.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
London had long since earned the reputation of being the most charitable city in the world.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
While the school made compulsory the earning of some money on the part of all students, it set no maximum limit on the amounts to be earned.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
He was saving his earnings, then!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
He was paying for his own sustenance, and with the first money he had ever earned.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett

In poetry:

Men in that time a-coming
shall work and have no fear
For to-morrow’s lack of earning
and the hunger-wolf anear.
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris
Which having done as to have earned
The sweet rewards of fame,
In what same style I did begin
I now shall end the same.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
THREE captains went to Indian wars,
And only one returned:
Their mate of yore, he singly wore
The laurels all had earned.
"The Casterbridge Captains" by Thomas Hardy
In peace their daily bread they eat,
By honest labor earned;
While daily at Elisha's feet,
They grace and wisdom learned.
"The Borrowed Axe" by John Newton
Could the battle-struggle earn
One kind glance from thine eye,
How this withering heart would burn,
The heady fight to try !
"Passion" by Charlotte Bronte
Had a wife in his ajoupa —
Or, at least, what did instead;
Children, too, who died so early,
He'd no need to earn their bread.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Senior Lis Zuern led the Bearcats (3-4) with five goals, helping BU earn their first home victory of the season.
Worst hit in 2008 was the retail sector, whose overall earnings tumbled by about a third, followed by automotive, whose revenues fell by 21 percent.
Since its earnings-induced bearish gap in mid-September, Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) has embarked on a series of lower highs, touching a fresh eight-month low just last week.
A Harrisonburg bed and breakfast inn earned a significant honor from a popular travel website this week.
Beefy burgers at Lefty's Burger Shack in University Place earns my approval.
She is a graduate of North Pocono High School and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Wilkes University.
Wal-mart and Target report earnings.
Green Hope won its last two games of the regular season to earn a spot in the NCHSAA 4A football playoffs.
Lake earns tough victory over Benedictine (with video).
Good leadership will earn your dog's respect and help him to feel confident and secure.
The green berets worn by the US Army Special Forces were seen as badges of honor, earned through many months of intense training.
People behind petition to name school after Vince Thompson say he's earned it.
Breeders' Cup Pick Six bettor earns $773,865 from online wager.
If you have never won before or tried your hand at earning some cash from the Sport of Kings, Derby Day may be as good a day as any.
The last remnant of a once-thriving industry that earned East Hampton the nickname "Belltown USA," was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

In science:

Few individuals are able to predict their lifetime schedule of earnings within an order of magnitude, and indeed, very few households plan for more than a few years into the future, at most.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
Fred, never in the habit of putting a title on what interested him, earned an Erd ¨os number 2 due to a collboration with number theorist Selfridge in .
The work of Fred Cohen
This signal has earned names like quantum jumps , electron shelving or detection via telegraph signals [199].
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
These techniques have earned names in the literature like quantum jumps , electron shelving or detection via telegraph signals [199].
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Therefore, the word “Earnings ” might be more appropriate than “Savings ”.
Storage Size Determination for Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems
Superpositions of nearly distinct coherent states earned the term ‘cat state’, in deference to Schr¨odinger’s paradox of the cat, whose state of existence seems to be in a superposition of being dead vs alive .
Review of Entangled Coherent States
Prescriptions such as (14) and (16) below amount to Monte Carlo-style sampling of the theoretical function weighted by the actual experimental particle distributions , thereby earning Monte Karli its name.
A sensitive test for models of Bose-Einstein correlations
Discovery of a Higgs-like signal alone may not be sufficient to earn a place in the Particle Data Group (PDG) tables.
Weakly-Coupled Higgs Bosons and Precision Electroweak Physics
Roughly speaking, for tr ≤ 0, between one and two order of magnitude in the error function can be earned by the present method with respect to the Bedeaux-Vlieger model in which µ = 0.
Optical response of supported particles
Earn & Sellwood (1995) compared the eigenfrequencies of instabilities in isochrone disks with simulations using an SCF and a PM method.
The N-Body Approach to Disk Galaxy Evolution
This policy is allowed to use all the information available up to the current point in time and maximizes expected reward earned over the following time step.
Stochastic Depletion Problems: Effective Myopic Policies for a class of Dynamic Optimization Problems
In the other direction, the IR property states that the additional value gained by making available additional items at a particular state of the system is at most the reward earned for the depletion of those items.
Stochastic Depletion Problems: Effective Myopic Policies for a class of Dynamic Optimization Problems
We are also able to address families of problems where the reward earned for depleting an item is a non-increasing function of the time of depletion, specific to that item’s type.
Stochastic Depletion Problems: Effective Myopic Policies for a class of Dynamic Optimization Problems
Our ob jective is to design an adaptive scheduling policy that maximizes total expected reward earned within the first T time-steps.
Stochastic Depletion Problems: Effective Myopic Policies for a class of Dynamic Optimization Problems
A natural heuristic policy one may consider for a stochastic depletion problem is given by the myopic policy which in state s chooses an activity set A that maximizes expected reward earned over the following time-step.
Stochastic Depletion Problems: Effective Myopic Policies for a class of Dynamic Optimization Problems