1. To gain especially for the performance of service, labor, or work:
earned money by mowing lawns.
2. To acquire or deserve as a result of effort or action:
She earned a reputation as a hard worker.
3. To yield as return or profit:
a savings account that earns interest on deposited funds.
4. To gain a position through hard work and the accumulation of experience, often in the face of difficulties:
a diplomat who had earned his spurs as the prime minister's personal assistant.
5. Middle English ernen
6. from Old English earnian
源自 古英语 earnian
7. The central meaning shared by these verbs is “to gain as a result of one's behavior or effort”:
earns a large salary;
deserves our congratulations;
a suggestion that merits consideration;
an event that didn't even rate a mention in the news;
a candidate who won wide support.
8. To yearn.
9. Middle English ernen