\ 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 Releasing big-budget movies on streaming platforms has emerged as a solution for studios eager to reap returns on their would-be summer blockbusters. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: With ‘Cobra Kai,’ a Middle-Aged Karate Kid Feud Has Become a Netflix Hit," 2 Sep. 2020 With the company's weight dropping from 12.1% to just under 3%, however, the Dow is poised to reap fewer benefits moving forward. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "TikTok's sale is a race against time," 31 Aug. 2020 Chinese mills, which benefit from robust local demand backed by infrastructure spending, are able to reap earnings and to allocate more money to developing new products, Nippon Steel’s Miyamoto said. Masumi Suga,, "Nippon Steel Warns China to Tighten Grip on Global Market," 29 Aug. 2020 Taking risks can reap big rewards, but only if the idea is realistic. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, "The ABCs of risk-taking," 16 Aug. 2020 There is a lot of potential for copper masks; however, as the concept of everyday face masks is still relatively new, not all sellers may be assembling the masks so users reap copper's full antimicrobial benefits. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Copper's Antimicrobial Properties Can Kill off the Virus Quickly, But Are Copper Face Masks Actually Worth It?," 2 June 2020 But, what exactly does salicylic acid do, and what are the best ways to reap its benefits? Renee Jacques, Allure, "Here's Exactly What Salicylic Acid Does to Your Skin," 22 Aug. 2020 An employer that at least tries to support its workers is going to reap more loyalty and productivity than one that seeks to shame them into silence. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, "I asked for help paying for home office equipment but got a guilt trip instead," 20 Aug. 2020 There are also creative ways to reap massive tax dividends—and some that don’t even require legislation. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Great Reclamation Project," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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11 Sep 2020

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“Reap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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