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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARN

He was very glad to earn money in this way, since it seemed he was to have no fish to dispose of.

It would have taken me more than two years to earn as much money as this.

Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them.

In each generation, with toil and tears, we have had to earn our heritage again.

If I cannot find one, I will earn, beg or steal the money to get them printed.

And, delighting in us as He does, God could not possibly stint us in what we earn from Him.

This girl was going out to earn her living, and he would stay to make it possible.

Then I asked to earn my bread; but without you I might have starved.

On the way to London they were married; Sandoni doubtless had an eye to the money which she was to earn.

He was planning how he could please her, how he could earn her friendship.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznojan (cf. Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), from *azna "labor" especially "field labor" (cf. Old Norse önn "work in the field"), from PIE *aznon "to do harvest work, serve" (cf. Old High German arnon "to reap"), denominative verb from *es-en- "harvest, fall" (cf. Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn").

Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.

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