reap

verb \ ˈrēp \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of reap

transitive verb
1 a (1) : to cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine
(2) : to clear of a crop by reaping
b : to gather by reaping : harvest
2 : obtain, win
intransitive verb
: to reap something

Examples of reap in a Sentence

  1. She is now reaping the benefits of her hard work.

  2. He reaped large profits from his investments.

  3. The workers were out reaping the crops.

  4. The workers were out reaping in the fields.

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Origin and Etymology of reap

Middle English repen, from Old English reopan

reap Synonyms

Synonyms
gather, pick, harvest
Antonyms
forfeit, lose
Related Words
clam, fish, seal, shrimp, whale; accumulate, forage, garner; glean; cut, hay, mow; bag, capture, hunt, net, snare, trap; crop, grow, raise
Near Antonyms
plant, seed, sow


REAP Defined for English Language Learners

reap

verb

Definition of reap for English Language Learners

  • : to get (something, such as a reward) as a result of something that you have done

  • : to cut and collect (a plant, crop, etc.) from a field


REAP Defined for Kids

reap

verb \ ˈrēp \

Definition of reap for Students

reaped; reaping
1 : to cut (as grain) or clear (as a field) with a sickle, scythe, or machine
2 : 2harvest 1
  • reap a crop
3 : to get as a result
  • You'll reap the benefit of your hard work.


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