\ ˈrēp How to pronounce reap (audio) \
reaped; reaping; reaps

Definition of reap

transitive verb

1a(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

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Examples of reap in a Sentence

She is now reaping the benefits of her hard work. He reaped large profits from his investments. The workers were out reaping the crops. The workers were out reaping in the fields.
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Recent Examples on the Web As The Bachelor funnels its contestants more followers, those women are poised to reap even greater deals with social media-first companies. Ariana Romero,, "The Bachelor Is In A “Genuine & Real” Crisis," 21 Jan. 2020 Cost/benefit of S.F. power program: San Francisco has managed to reap some considerable environmental and economic benefits since launching its duo of municipal electricity providers just over three years ago. Caron Creighton,, "Bay Briefing: An NBA minor-league player follows his dream at any cost," 2 Jan. 2020 Is there a way to reap the zen benefits of these apps via the same device that stresses you out? Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "Our favorite science and tech stories of 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 New Hampshire expects to reap $7-10 million annually in revenues, earmarked for its education fund, from sports betting., "On Dec. 30, New Hampshire will join Rhode Island as the second state in the region to offer legal sports wagering when it launches its mobile betting product.," 24 Dec. 2019 The 2019-2020 team looks to reap the benefits of that returning experience. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Basketball: Crosby hopes last year’s youth becomes experience," 11 Nov. 2019 The governor’s plan, released earlier this month, would combine those local funds into two statewide funds, one for police and one for firefighters, theoretically allowing them to reap better returns on their investments. Gregory Pratt,, "State lawmakers return for veto session under cloud as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faces major test of her sway in Springfield," 25 Oct. 2019 Gruden received the first part of that deal — in spades — but was never able to reap the reward. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown exposed the Raiders’ relentless incompetence," 7 Sep. 2019 As the state prepared to reap the benefits of its oil reserves in the 1970s as the trans-Alaska oil pipeline neared completion, voters approved in 1976 an amendment to the Alaska Constitution establishing the Alaska Permanent Fund. Paola Banchero, The Conversation, "In divided Alaska, the choice is between paying for government or giving residents bigger oil wealth check," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of reap

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for reap

Middle English repen, from Old English reopan

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The first known use of reap was before the 12th century

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12 Feb 2020

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“Reap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reap

: 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


\ ˈrēp How to pronounce reap (audio) \
reaped; reaping

Kids Definition of reap

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

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