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earn

earn

 
pronunciation:
uhrn
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: verb
inflections: earned, earning, earns
definition 1: to receive as pay for work done.
We earn fifty cents an hour for babysitting.
synonyms:
make, receive
similar words:
collect, gain, net, pocket, realize, reap, win
definition 2: to get or deserve because of hard work or good behavior.
They must earn his respect.
synonyms:
achieve, attain, deserve, merit, win
similar words:
acquire, gain, get, realize, secure
derivation: earner (n.)
Homophone Note
The words earn and urn (a vase or pot) sound alike but have different meanings.