(chiefly British) simple past tense and past participle of earn

Usage notes

• Written, this is an uncommon (<0.5% as common as earned in the British National Corpus) alternative form of the simple past and past participle earned. This form is, however, more commonly spoken than written. Other verbs which can be conjugated in this way are: learn (learnt), dream (dreamt), spell (spelt).


• Arent, Netra, Teran, antre, aren't, arent, atren

Source: Wiktionary


Earn, n. (Zoöl.)

Definition: See Ern, n. Sir W. Scott.

Earn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earned; p. pr. & vb. n. Earning.] Etym: [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arn to reap, aran harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans harvest, asneis hireling, AS. esne; cf. Icel. önn working season, work.]

1. To merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that which entitles one to (a reward, whether the reward is received or not). The high repute Which he through hazard huge must earn. Milton.

2. To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels. I earn that [what] I eat. Shak. The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow. Burke. Earned run (Baseball), a run which is made without the assistance of errors on the opposing side.


– See Obtain.

Earn, v. t. & i. Etym: [See 1st Yearn.]

Definition: To grieve. [Obs.]

Earn, v. i. Etym: [See 4th Yearn.]

Definition: To long; to yearn. [Obs.] And ever as he rode, his heart did earn To prove his puissance in battle brave. Spenser.

Earn, v. i. Etym: [AS. irnan to run. Rennet, and cf. Yearnings.]

Definition: To curdle, as milk. [Prov. Eng.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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