1. To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
    You can have the s'mores: you earned them, clearing the walkway of snow so well.
  2. To receive payment for work.
    He earns seven million dollars a year as CEO.
    My bank account is only earning one percent interest.
  3. To receive payment for work.
    Now that you are earning, you can start paying me rent.
  4. To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward
    My CD earns me six percent!
  5. To be worthy of.
    To earn a spot in the top 20

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To curdle, as milk.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To long; to yearn.
  2. To grieve.

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