earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"
acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"