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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Women of color are tired of putting in the work while others reap the benefits. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 Soy yields on the best Amur farms are less than half the average reaped by farmers in Brazil’s soy heartland, from which China already receives the bulk of its soy imports. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "A Surprise Winner From the U.S.-China Trade Spat: Russian Soybean Farmers," 21 Feb. 2019 The initial gathering of candidates was great fun; the subsequent reaping less so. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 But the taxing benefits conferred to other Pennsylvania communities in 1947 have not had the same heft as those reaped by Philadelphia under the Sterling Act. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "The soda tax and the Great Depression: The 1932 law that forever changed Philly's taxes," 25 May 2018 The hard labor in this business is done by black people who have no job protection or benefits and the profits are reaped by white men who wield the advantages of cultural and economic resources. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Architecture / News Everything you ever needed to know about the Chicago common brick," 2 May 2018 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

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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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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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