(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. work for, gain, win; deserve, merit, rate; make a living, be gainfully employed. See acquisition, justice.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To deserve as reward]
Syn. win, merit, gain; see deserve .
2. [To receive in payment]
Syn. obtain, make, collect, get, receive, procure, realize, obtain a return, make money by, be paid, acquire, profit, net, gross, clear, gain, score, draw, gather, secure, derive, reap, gain as due return, get as one's due, gain by labor, gain by service, take home, bring home, bring in, turn a penny, be the breadwinner, pick up*, pull down*, bring home the bacon*, make a fast buck*, coin money*, make the pot boil*, scrape together*, pocket*, bag*.
Ant. spend*, consume, exhaust.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. make money net, *clear, gross, profit, take in, take home, pull in, gain, realize, collect, get, draw.
2. deserve merit, be entitled to, warrant, achieve, be worthy of.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To receive, as wages, for one's labor: gain, get, make, win. Informal: pull down. Idioms: earn (or make) a living, earn one's keep. See GIVE, MONEY. 2. To acquire as a result of one's behavior or effort: deserve, gain, get, merit, win. Informal: rate1. See GET. 3. To make as income or profit: bring in, clear, draw, gain, gross, net2, pay, produce, realize, repay, return, yield. See MONEY.

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