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Earn: verb - receive or be entitled to wages for work or services; have as income; obtain or deserve as payment for efforts or merit; gain as interest or profit; acquire a name or reputation, incur. L16.
'Although the banker was said to earn a multi-million pound bonus, his actual actions and results could not be used as justification to say he merited this reward.'
'Many of the world's top bankers have justly earned reputations for both ineptitude and greed in their handling of the finances and economies of their businesses.'