Definition of earnings in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəːnɪŋz/

plural noun

1Money obtained in return for labour or services: he claimed damages for loss of earnings
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  • These are a form of personal pension where links to earnings or length of service are tenuous.
  • It is in that context that the deduction from loss of earnings arises in relation to saved living expenses.
  • Mr Winston has claimed he was concerned about the ground before his fall and is unhappy about loss of earnings.
1.1Income derived from an investment or product: export earnings
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  • The bulk of Microsoft's earnings derive from royalties on copyrighted software code.
  • By 1914 interest on foreign loans and investment equalled a quarter of export earnings.
  • Shares in its leading companies have raced ahead, fuelled by prospects of rising export earnings.

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