- To gain especially for the performance of service, labor, or work: earned money by mowing lawns.
- To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action: She earned a reputation as a hard worker.
- To yield as return or profit: a savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
- spurs To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties.
- Obsolete To yearn.