1 to get money for work, etc.
reportedly, reputedly (esp. BrE)

She reportedly earns more than $475 000 a year

have to, need to
expect to

The company expects to earn €600 million on sales.


profits earned from real estate sales

a/the chance to earn sth, a/the opportunity to earn sth

the opportunity to earn more money

earn a living as sth

the difficulty of earning a living as an artist

earn enough to do sth

The workers barely earn enough to live on.

sb's/the ability to earn sth

his ability to earn a living lecturing

2 to get sth you deserve

‘I feel I've really earned this!’ she said, picking up her cup of coffee.

richly, rightfully (esp. AmE), rightly (esp. BrE), truly

He has truly earned the admiration of his colleagues.


He quickly earned the respect of his colleagues.

have to, need to

First you have to earn their respect.

seek to, try to
be likely to
go on to

He went on to earn a PhD in astronomy from the University of Maryland.

Earn is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑effort, ↑employee, ↑worker
Earn is used with these nouns as the object: ↑acclaim, ↑accolade, ↑applause, ↑approval, ↑award, ↑badge, ↑bonus, ↑booking, ↑bronze, ↑cash, ↑certificate, ↑championship, ↑commission, ↑confidence, ↑contempt, ↑credentials, ↑credit, ↑degree, ↑diploma, ↑distinction, ↑draw, ↑enmity, ↑equivalent, ↑esteem, ↑fame, ↑fee, ↑fortune, ↑grade, ↑gratitude, ↑honour, ↑income, ↑interest, ↑keep, ↑laugh, ↑livelihood, ↑living, ↑love, ↑loyalty, ↑master, ↑medal, ↑mention, ↑money, ↑nickname, ↑notoriety, ↑ovation, ↑pay, ↑penalty, ↑point, ↑praise, ↑premium, ↑profit, ↑promotion, ↑rating, ↑rebuke, ↑recognition, ↑replay, ↑reprieve, ↑reprimand, ↑reputation, ↑respect, ↑return, ↑revenue, ↑reward, ↑royalty, ↑salary, ↑scholarship, ↑score, ↑silver, ↑spot, ↑sum, ↑sympathy, ↑title, ↑total, ↑trust, ↑wage, ↑win, ↑wrath

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