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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for reap

Synonyms

gather, harvest, pick

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Conventional but effectively so, more tense and involving than might be anticipated as obstacles pile on obstacles, this emotionally affecting story knows enough not to push too hard and reaps the benefits from its relative restraint. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Aldis Hodge shines in ‘Brian Banks’ as a man fighting to clear his name," 8 Aug. 2019 Conventional but effectively so, more tense and involving than might be anticipated as obstacles pile on obstacles, this emotionally affecting story knows enough not to push too hard and reaps the benefits from its relative restraint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Aldis Hodge shines in ‘Brian Banks’ as a man fighting to clear his name," 8 Aug. 2019 Many wealthy Americans -- already reaping most of the benefits of the last decade’s economic growth -- have weathered the dramatic increase in deductibles in recent years in part by putting away money in tax-free Health Savings Accounts. oregonlive.com, "High deductibles add to squeeze on middle class America," 4 Aug. 2019 The Lions stole him for a fifth-round pick from the New York Giants just before the trade deadline last year, and immediately reaped the benefits by transforming into one of the best run-stopping defenses in the NFL. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Inside the Detroit Lions: Menacing D-line could be ticket to 2019 success," 28 July 2019 The documents had one overarching theme: Big Western multinationals reaping as much profit as possible from India and Africa, then depriving their governments of tax revenue through extraordinary accounting contortions. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The Mauritius Leaks show the West profiting from poor nations while depriving them of tax revenue," 27 July 2019 In other words, when a small company looks promising, Facebook leaps in and snaps it up, eliminating competition and reaping profit from other developers' innovations. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Please break up Facebook, cofounder asks regulators," 26 July 2019 The Mets should stage an all-out auction and reap a bonanza in return. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Mets Need to Take a Padres-Style Leap," 24 July 2019 But as that portfolio has grown — 11 current TV productions, reaping 18 Emmy noms — so have budgets, creative involvement and ambitions. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jax Media Producers on Surviving Roseanne, Samantha Bee Near-Catastrophes," 22 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reap.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reap

Statistics for reap

Last Updated

13 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for reap

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for reap

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on reap

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with reap

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reap

Spanish Central: Translation of reap

Nglish: Translation of reap for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of reap for Arabic Speakers

Comments on reap

What made you want to look up reap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not constant or steady

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!