Pronunciation: (ûrn),[key] —v.t. 1. to gain or get in return for one's labor or service: to earn one's living. 2. to merit as compensation, as for service; deserve: to receive more than one has earned. 3. to acquire through merit: to earn a reputation for honesty. 4. to gain as due return or profit: Savings accounts earn interest. 5. to bring about or cause deservedly: His fair dealing earned our confidence.
—v.i. to gain income: securities that earn on a quarterly basis.