Definition of earn :
1. See Ern, n.
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.
3. To curdle, as milk.
4. To grieve.
5. To long; to yearn.
6. 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).
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succeed (part of speech: verb)