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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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 Melting ice has given way to this exciting new field of discovery, but the threat of rising temperatures is not lost on the scientists reaping these ancient rewards. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Climate change is bad for the planet, but groundbreaking for archaeology," 30 Aug. 2019 Full lakes: Recreation lakes are reaping the rewards from last year’s big snowpack. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite aims for fire-safe weekend," 25 Aug. 2019 The faith Bielsa put in the youngsters last year will now reap the rewards as their development continues. SI.com, "Why Marcelo Bielsa and Experience From 2018/19 Season Will Help Leeds Get Promoted," 20 Aug. 2019 Kenerson said Ferry reaped the rewards of getting into great shape, as finished 53-4 this season, including the San Joaquin League singles championship. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Daily Pilot Boys’ Tennis Dream Team: Corona del Mar’s Kyle Pham went out big," 19 July 2019 If not, though, why not swallow pride, keep UConn football and reap the rewards? Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: United States women’s national team has already won in advance of Sunday’s World Cup championship match," 7 July 2019 That month, Lavagnino urged two of his skeptical colleagues to pass a tax referendum and land-use policy so the county could reap the rewards. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door," 12 June 2019 That month, Lavagnino urged two of his skeptical colleagues to pass a tax referendum and land-use policy so the county could reap the rewards. Joe Mozingo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door," 12 June 2019 SpaceX and Boeing continue sending astronauts skyward (and reap the public rewards for delivering astronauts and famous people to the station), but its the new generation of manufacturing breakthroughs that will really change everything. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "A 10-Year Odyssey: What Space Stations Will Look Like in 2030," 10 June 2019

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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
How to pronounce reap (audio)

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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