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earn

earn

 
 
pronunciation:
uhrn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: earned, earning, earns
definition 1: to receive in return for work or service.
We earn a salary.
synonyms:
draw, make, receive
similar words:
clear, collect, gain, gross, net, pocket, realize, reap, win
definition 2: to gain through merit.
They must earn his respect.
synonyms:
achieve, attain, deserve, merit, win
similar words:
acquire, gain, get, realize, secure
definition 3: to receive as profit or return.
She is earning interest on her investments.
synonyms:
clear, draw, gain
similar words:
gross, make, net, pocket, profit, realize, reap
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to gain or yield income.
synonyms:
produce, yield
similar words:
profit
derivation: earner (n.)
Homophone Note
The words earn and urn (a vase or pot) sound alike but have different meanings.