reaped; reaping; reaps

transitive verb

: to cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine
: to clear of a crop by reaping
: to gather by reaping : harvest
: obtain, win

intransitive verb

: to reap something

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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Word History


Middle English repen, from Old English reopan

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to cut (as grain) or clear (as a field) with a sickle, scythe, or machine
: harvest entry 2 sense 1
reap a crop
: to get as a result
reap the benefit of hard work

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