\ ˈrēp \
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


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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The people who will reap the greatest benefits from these bags are those who travel a lot. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 But reaping the benefits of unplugging, from feeling more relaxed and present to carving out additional time to recharge, on the other side of the world is a great start. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Makeup Tricks to Simple Self-Care Tips, Ashley Graham's Stress-Free Guide to Holiday Vacation Packing," 8 Dec. 2018 The study found that the plan would reap substantial savings from lower prescription costs -- $846 billion over 10 years -- since the government would deal directly with drugmakers. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for all' bill estimated to cost $32.6T, new study says," 31 July 2018 Developing trade partners like Japan and West Germany reaped surpluses, and the U.S. borrowed back those funds to sustain its military ventures overseas. Rich Danker, WSJ, "How China Exploits Anti-Soviet Money Policy," 21 Jan. 2019 But governments on both sides of the Atlantic were happy to allow that debate to remain at a low boil, as the U.S. and its foreign allies reaped financial and security rewards of American leadership. Brian Finlay, Fortune, "Trump Might Be Right About NATO—but for All the Wrong Reasons," 6 July 2018 Central to the conflict is a sense that local residents shoulder all the burdens of hosting these carnivores without reaping any of the economic benefits that their presence brings the country. Christopher Bendana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Uganda's pride: Lions test locals' patience," 27 June 2018 Instead, owning stocks for the long term and reaping rewards only after many years may be the single factor linking many of this quarter’s top-performing managers. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "The Best Stock-Fund Managers of 2018," 6 Jan. 2019 Click below to learn about your biases, reap more rewards, and start translating your habits into sounder financial choices. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 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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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 \
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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