\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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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 richest Americans have reaped a disproportional amount of economic growth while worker wages have failed to keep pace. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One chart that shows how much worse income inequality is in America than Europe," 29 July 2018 The families that CBS News followed were some of the first to reap the benefits of the new executive order. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Immigrants at the border hold out hope for asylum despite policy chaos," 20 June 2018 Her risky play allows us to reap the benefits in the transition. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg senior Anna Callahan seizes girls lacrosse Player of the Year honors," 12 June 2018 That campaign has reaped only $62,000 in donations thus far, but Larian was able to secure other investors and bank financing to come up with an $890 million offer for Toys R Us stores. USA TODAY, "Billionaire toy maker's bid to save Toys R Us stores rejected," 17 Apr. 2018 For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Nick Tabor, Daily Intelligencer, "501 Days in Swampland," 1 Apr. 2018 Of late, both have reaped huge dividends from homegrown stars whose performance far exceeded their cost. Tom Krasovic,, "West looks too grisly for Padres — but could soften at opportune time," 29 Mar. 2018 About 90% of the roughly $2 billion in tax savings Amazon could have reaped in Grand Rapids stemmed from that program alone. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Grand Rapids: Amazon tax incentives could have totaled up to $2B," 7 Mar. 2018 Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has reaped praise from many so far this term, and justifiably so considering his imperative influence on his side's stunning start to the season., "Bayern Boss Claims Kevin De Bruyne Is 'Far and Away' Europe's Best Player Right Now," 15 Jan. 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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