\ 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 As Covid-19 vaccinations continue to roll out and individual states’ economies open up, certain sectors are poised to reap the benefits. Marc Zeitoun, Forbes, "Going Wide With Muni Ladders: The Long And Short Of It," 13 May 2021 Across all four states, Black families are between 44 percent and 54 percent less likely than white ones to see a tax break, and Hispanic families are 49 percent to 60 percent less likely than whites to reap benefits from a SALT cap repeal. NBC News, "Black and Latino families could benefit less from state and local tax cap repeal," 25 Apr. 2021 When Tampa politicians balked at Glazer’s original demands of the city building a stadium in which the Bucs would reap all of the profits from every event held at the new venue, the Bucs’ new owner quickly pursued Orlando. Mike Bianchi,, "A quarter-century ago, Super Bowl-winning Bucs might have been Orlando’s team | Commentary," 20 Feb. 2021 These workers, in turn, could organize to reap better conditions from the delivery and platform companies that were flourishing from unprecedented demand. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Instacart Is a Parasite and a Sham," 30 Dec. 2020 Sale-leasebacks and other financing tools have helped bridge the gap in some instances, allowing carriers to reap cash upfront from lessors, often in exchange for higher monthly rent payments. Julie Johnsson,, "Delta in Talks to Defer 40 Airbus Jet Deliveries Beyond 2020," 23 Sep. 2020 Migratory birds coordinate their wing flaps with much more finesse than previously thought, so as to reap the best energy savings from flying in formation, suggests a new study. Chelsea Wald, Scientific American, "Migrating Birds Use Precise Flight Formations to Maximize Energy Efficiency," 16 Jan. 2014 The debate over whether countries can reap the success of artists who have made their livelihood elsewhere isn’t restricted to stars of the diaspora. Stephen Kafeero, Quartz, "How Ugandan is Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya?," 28 Apr. 2021 These groups also include the powerful leadership in the security services, who reap greater resources and influence when tensions rise. New York Times, "After Testing the World’s Limits, Putin Steps Back From the Brink," 23 Apr. 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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15 May 2021

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“Reap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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