verb \ri-ˈwrd\

: to give money or another kind of payment to (someone or something) for something good that has been done

Full Definition of REWARD

transitive verb
:  to give a reward to or for
re·ward·able \-ˈwr-də-bəl\ adjective
re·ward·er noun

Examples of REWARD

  1. She rewarded herself by buying a new pair of shoes.
  2. <the firefighters were rewarded by the city for their heroic actions>

Origin of REWARD

Middle English, from Anglo-French regarder, rewarder to look back at, regard, care for, recompense — more at regard
First Known Use: 14th century



: money or another kind of payment that is given or received for something that has been done or that is offered for something that might be done

Full Definition of REWARD

:  something that is given in return for good or evil done or received or that is offered or given for some service or attainment <the police offered a reward for his capture>
:  a stimulus administered to an organism following a correct or desired response that increases the probability of occurrence of the response

Examples of REWARD

  1. The contest offered a cash reward to the first person who could breed a blue rose.
  2. Hard work brings its own rewards.
  3. Members will receive a discount in reward for getting friends or family to join.

First Known Use of REWARD

14th century


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