reap

verb
\ 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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Synonyms for reap

Synonyms

gather, harvest, pick

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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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Among those likely to suffer: firms that own big stakes in other companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, and those that have previously reaped lots of tax benefits from stock payments to employees, such as Facebook. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "Stock Selloff Could Hit Berkshire Hathaway in More Ways Than One," 5 Jan. 2019 Upstate New Yorkers lost out on fracking’s enormous economic benefits while neighboring Pennsylvania reaped thousands of jobs as well... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cuomo’s Cold Weather Tax," 4 Feb. 2019 Despite the relative absence of the Horse while Young reaped commercial hosannas, this is still an important period for the group, since Lofgren and Keith would go on to act as crucial auxiliary Horsemen from then on out. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Neil Young & Crazy Horse Return to the Stage: A Crash Course on Their Legendary Collaboration," 25 Apr. 2018 To spice up your lunge routine and reap additional strengthening benefits, give these banded gliding lateral lunges a try. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Thighs With This Lateral Lunge Variation From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes," 1 Mar. 2019 According to Allure, each veggie-vitamin combo reaps its own unique benefits. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 Based on that midpoint, the company expects to reap about $544 million in proceeds, and the rest would go to the selling shareholders. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Tencent Music Moves Forward With IPO After Delay," 3 Dec. 2018 Matt Harvey trade talk is nothing new, with the Cincinnati Reds expected to reap the benefits of a May trade for the former New York Mets ace. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "MLB.com: Reds pitcher Matt Harvey among trade candidates with stocks rising," 6 July 2018 The amount of money that the state can expect to reap from sports betting is unclear. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Game On! Legislature Approves Sports Betting in New Jersey," 7 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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The first known use of reap was before the 12th century

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reap

verb

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

reap

verb
\ 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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