\ˈrēp \
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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But most of its workers have been excluded from reaping the rewards of this boom. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent," 13 Oct. 2018 And there’s no telling what advancements Verily or Calico could bring to the healthcare industry, where disease prevention and life extension solutions could reap unprecedented benefits. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Alphabet’s experimental investments in the future continue to cost it a fortune," 23 July 2018 And Yale President Peter Salovey stressed that any notions that universities reap the benefits of public funding while failing to reinvest it in society are a misconception. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Should America’s Universities Stop Taking So Many International Students?," 28 June 2018 Supporters tout it as a way to reap an estimated $3.2 billion in taxpayer savings over the next 20 years. Bruce Schreiner And Adam Beam, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin's 'selfish' comments show he doesn't understand teachers, Kentucky GOP leader says," 15 Mar. 2018 When Hawking was given the miraculous gift of unexpected longevity, the world reaped the benefits. Karla Peterson,, "Stephen Hawking: Four life lessons from a true genius," 14 Mar. 2018 The richest Americans have reaped a disproportional amount of economic growth while worker wages have failed to keep pace. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One chart that shows how much worse income inequality is in America than Europe," 29 July 2018 The families that CBS News followed were some of the first to reap the benefits of the new executive order. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Immigrants at the border hold out hope for asylum despite policy chaos," 20 June 2018 Her risky play allows us to reap the benefits in the transition. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg senior Anna Callahan seizes girls lacrosse Player of the Year honors," 12 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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