reap

verb
\ 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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Synonyms for reap

Synonyms

gather, harvest, pick

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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

It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. NBC News, "Canada's Senate passes marijuana bill but legalization delayed," 20 June 2018 It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. Bob Giles, chicagotribune.com, "Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed," 19 June 2018 It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. Rob Gillies, Fox News, "Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed," 19 June 2018 Investors have reaped big savings as fees have fallen in 401(k)-style retirement plans. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "A New Fight Breaks Out Over 401(k) Fees," 8 May 2019 Even smaller tweaks to protocol can reap big rewards. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 But helping poachers become key to the solution reaped benefits for its human communities, too. Felix Franz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poachers become protectors: How tigers bounced back in an Indian park," 18 June 2018 Both Stemerman and independent candidate Oz Griebel said addressing the state’s transportation woes would reap rewards for the tourism industry. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Gubernatorial Candidates Promise Renewed Focus on Toursim," 15 June 2018 To start reaping the benefits of this sensual kissing position, gently suck and nibble on your partner’s neck, traveling from below the ear to the collarbone. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Kissing Positions You Should Try During Your Next Makeout Session," 9 Apr. 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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reap

verb

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

reap

verb
\ 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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