reap

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verb \ˈrēp\

Definition of reap

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine (2) :  to clear of a crop by reapingb :  to gather by reaping :  harvest

  3. 2 :  obtain, win

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of reap

Middle English repen, from Old English reopan


First Known Use: before 12th century



REAP Defined for English Language Learners

reap

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verb \ˈrēp\

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

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verb \ˈrēp\

Definition of reap for Students

reaped

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reaping

  1. 1 :  to cut (as grain) or clear (as a field) with a sickle, scythe, or machine

  2. 2 :  2harvest 1 reap a crop

  3. 3 :  to get as a result You'll reap the benefit of your hard work.



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