- 1(Of a person) obtain (money) in return for labor or services: they earn $35 per hour he now earns his living as a truck driverMore example sentences
- He earns his living as a British Telecom engineer.
- It is not only how he gets his pleasure but also how he earns his living.
- She earns her living solely from painting, and her work hangs in important private and corporate collections in Trinidad and Jamaica.
- 1.1 [with two objects] (Of an activity or action) cause (someone) to obtain (money): this latest win earned them $50,000 in prize moneyMore example sentences
- If an activity doesn't earn you money, or make you rich, then there is no value attached to it.
- Completing missions swiftly earns you money with which to upgrade your squad with more experienced operatives.
- He eked out a precarious living chiefly by writing short stories, some of which won praise but none of which earned him significant money.
- 1.2(Of capital invested) gain (money) as interest or profit.More example sentences
- The fund earns capital gains and losses from shares and not fixed interest.
- It is a performance bond deposit that earns interest because it is usually held in the form of short-term Treasury bills.
- Instead of having a current account that earns no interest, and a mortgage account on which you pay interest, the First Active Current Account Mortgage combines the two.
- 1.3Gain or incur deservedly in return for one’s behavior or achievements: through the years she has earned affection and esteemMore example sentences
- He deservedly earned the tremendous esteem and the great regard of all with whom he came in contact with.
- This is the biggest break to come along for The Hooks so far in their career, but they fully deserved and earned it.
- Well done John and congratulations and best wishes to all who so deservedly earned their award.
earn one's keep
- Work in return for food and accommodations.More example sentences
- Mother has been complaining that since I don't contribute any money to the household I should be earning my keep through domestic work.
- If they were, then they would have been earning their keep and fending for themselves, like everyone else is supposed to do.
- He has very little business this time of year, so it makes sure the stableboys are earning their keep.
- Be worth the time, money, or effort spent on one.More example sentences
- I have long been of the opinion that there is always a group of stars who are paid a whole lot of money, but who earn their keep.
- He earns his keep with a subtle musical touch that gradually becomes the overwhelming reason why you'll love this record.
- Sounds like the drug lobbyists are earning their keep.
earn out (or earn something out)
- (Of an author, book, recording artist, etc.) generate sufficient income through sales to equal the amount paid in an advance or royalty: my experience is that most authors don’t earn out don’t confuse earning out the advance with being profitableMore example sentences
- For your first novel the sales figures they want are the ones that earn out your advance.
- I can also assure you that most books never earn out their advance.
- The distinguished lady novelist who boasted proudly that her books always earned out their advances.
Old English earnian, from a base shared by Old English esne 'laborer'.