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Definition of: EARN
- (n.) See Ern, n.
- (v. i.) To long; to yearn.
- (v. i.) To curdle, as milk.
- (v. t.) 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).
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. t. & i.) To grieve.
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- (n.) A nostril.
- (adv.) At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
- (adv.) Nearly; almost; well-nigh.
- (adv.) Closely; intimately.
- (adv.) Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
- (adv.) Closely connected or related.
- (adv.) Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
- (adv.) Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
- (adv.) So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.
- (adv.) Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.
- (a) Immediate; direct; close; short.
- (a) Close-fisted; parsimonious.
- (prep.) Adjacent to; close by; not far from; nigh; as, the ship sailed near the land. See the Note under near, a.
- (adv.) To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
- (v. i.) To draw near; to approach.