\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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Detaining immigrant children has become a surging industry in the United States that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis. Elliot Spagat,, "Judge weighs tighter oversight of plan to reunite families," 13 July 2018 And the body shop that reaped most of the payouts isn't even real — the company's address is a vacant lot in Little Haiti, according to Miami-Dade prosecutors. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say," 10 July 2018 On the other end of the employment spectrum, meanwhile, there will continue to be a small number of rich and super-rich individuals who reap the benefits of increased in productivity created by technology. James Vincent, The Verge, "Economists worry we aren’t prepared for the fallout from automation," 2 July 2018 Black Portlanders also haven’t reaped all the rewards of Portland’s recent growth, which during which housing prices have soared (the median home price topped $400,000 in April, rising more than 21 percent in the last decade). Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "In Portland, a neighborhood designs its own solution to displacement," 26 June 2018 Responsibility for the crisis lies at the feet of the defendant distributors who are reaping billions of dollars in profits while knowingly fueling the epidemic. Catherine Ho,, "San Mateo County to sue drug distributors over opioid crisis," 20 June 2018 Just ask the daughters of rock 'n' roll royalty who really reap the benefits of being a chip off the old block. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Rock Royalty Daughters Who Inherited Famously Good Looks from Their Dads," 17 June 2018 Former journalist Amanda Jones and tech entrepreneur Jennifer Chapin founded Kikoko to help revolutionize women’s health, although men can reap the same benefits from drinking it. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 2018 The House is touting passage of dozens of bills that could help combat the national opioid crisis, but a small handful of companies that have spent millions lobbying Congress could reap a windfall if any of the bills become law, Politico informs us. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: FDA OKs first medicine derived from marijuana; drug makers benefit from opioid bills," 26 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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Phrases Related to reap

reap the rewards

reap what one sows

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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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