Earn (?), n. Zool.

See Ern, n.

Sir W. Scott.


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Earn (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Earning.] [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arnn to reap, aran harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans harvest, asneis hireling, AS. esne; cf. Icel. onn working season, work.]


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. Milton.


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. Shak.

The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow. Burke.

Earned run Baseball, a run which is made without the assistance of errors on the opposing side.

Syn. -- See Obtain.


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Earn (?), v. t. & i. [See 1st Yearn.]

To grieve.



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Earn, v. i. [See 4th Yearn.]

To long; to yearn.


And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave. Spenser.


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Earn, v. i. [AS. irnan to run. . See Rennet, and cf. Yearnings.]

To curdle, as milk.

[Prov. Eng.]


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