reap·​er | \ˈrē-pər \

Definition of reaper 

: one that reaps especially : any of various machines for reaping grain

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The game puts you in the role of Neku, an amnesiac loner who finds himself in a strange, alternate reality version of Shibuya where supernatural beings called reapers task humans with completing various missions. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The World Ends with You is a strange, stylish RPG you shouldn’t miss," 12 Oct. 2018 The budget will pay for 43 F-35 fighters, 15 KC-46A aerial refueling tankers, 24 MQ-9 reapers, and a dozen C-130J medium transports. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Air Force Budget Cuts Down the F-35 Fleet," 9 Feb. 2016 Products can include reapers, tractors and other related equipment. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Equipment sales can bring top salaries," 17 June 2018 And right then Andrew had believed him, believed this towheaded reaper, who, being young and innocent, seemed more in tune with broader lethal currents. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 Navistar is the successor company to International Harvester, whose roots go back to Cyrus McCormick’s invention of the mechanical reaper for farm crops in 1831. William Boston, WSJ, "Volkswagen Unit Considers Full Takeover of Truck Maker Navistar," 16 Apr. 2018 His father was a tax lawyer and a distant relation of the storied McCormick family that owned the Chicago Tribune and developed the McCormick reaper. Washington Post, "Robert McCormick Adams, who led Smithsonian into era of ‘confrontation, experimentation and debate,’ dies at 91," 1 Feb. 2018 Yet confronting even a sweet-talking reaper can foster a kind of self-mastery. Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, "Outing Death," 10 Jan. 2018 He was angered by a Saturday Night Live sketch that depicted Bannon as the grim reaper, sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office while Trump was given a child’s table. Joshua Green,, "Bannon Says He’s ‘Going to War for Trump’ After White House Exit," 18 Aug. 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reaper

: a person or machine that cuts and collects crops


reap·​er | \ˈrē-pər \

Kids Definition of reaper

: a worker or machine that harvests crops

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