Definition of "earnest"
  1. An item of worth offered by a purchaser to a vendor to firmly hold a deal
How to use "earnest" in a sentence
  1. The buyer offered an alarm clock as earnest to secure the purchase of the antique table.
  2. The purchase of the car became binding when the buyer gave an earnest in the form of a gold watch.
  3. In property transactions, giving an object as earnest serves to reinforce the agreement.

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