What does earned mean?

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Verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of earn
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Lowe quit the West Wing last year amid rumours that he was unhappy that his co-stars earned more than him.
The brigade suffered heavy losses and earned four Gold Medals of Military Valor.
I should think he earned ten thousand a year, and his knighthood was but the first of the honours which must inevitably fall to his lot.
The stunt earned her the scorn of her censorious older sister.
Ms. Callaghan, 36, is a genre-scoffing playwright whose antinaturalist works have earned a downtown following.
She's worked hard to get where she is. You shouldn't begrudge her the success she's earned.

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