\ 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 Often, the negatives in the short term are necessary in order to reap the long-term benefits. Expert Panel, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 As many parents await COVID-19 vaccine approval for their kids aged 12 and younger, there may be a way for some children to reap the shot's protective benefits: breast milk. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 That put the driller in a strong position to reap the benefits of this year’s crude rally while also reducing its overall emissions., 2 Aug. 2021 All-Star to reap the benefits of quick reflexes and coordination. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 10 July 2021 Companies that focus on creating a strong culture of diversity and inclusion reap several benefits, including greater innovation, stronger employee engagement and productivity, and a positive impact on their bottom line. Lorraine Hariton, Fortune, 7 July 2021 But don't overdo it with this potent nut since eating too many Brazil nuts can lead to selenium toxicity; stick with 1 or 2 daily to reap the nutritional benefits. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 Researchers are not sure how much a person would have to meditate, or for how long, to reap the practice’s benefits. Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, 4 June 2021 People don't need to have an intense session at the gym to achieve the activity level necessary to reap the benefits, said Bethany Barone Gibbs, lead author of the AHA's scientific statement. Tara John, CNN, 3 June 2021

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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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12 Sep 2021

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“Reap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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