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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EARNED

Do you mean that you have earned ninety cents to-day, Robert?

There is a man here who has earned a lasting place in our hearts and in our history.

This was his in lieu of the money which he would have earned if they had killed Lanning on the spot.

God will bless them, not because they have earned a reward, but because He is merciful and gracious.

"I earned that, Martin," she returned determinedly to his emphatic remonstrance.

So true it is, that all our pleasures must be earned, before they can be enjoyed.

I got nine dollars a week and earned every cent of it inhaling the atmosphere.

Not one of them would ever have earned the title of "Peaceful," as had his father.

How have they earned the right to any such consideration from you?

It's Pat'll be bringin' home money the night; honest money that he's earned.

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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