\ 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 House is touting passage of dozens of bills that could help combat the national opioid crisis, but a small handful of companies that have spent millions lobbying Congress could reap a windfall if any of the bills become law, Politico informs us. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: FDA OKs first medicine derived from marijuana; drug makers benefit from opioid bills," 26 June 2018 Kroger reported a $2 billion profit Thursday for its first quarter, reaping a windfall from the sale of its convenience store business. Alexander Coolidge,, "Kroger nets $2B profit on sale of convenience stores," 21 June 2018 Residents of gentrifying neighbourhoods who own their homes have reaped considerable windfalls. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018 If markets recover from the Italy news and eventually move as Gross expected, his fund could reap a windfall. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Has legendary fund manager lost his touch?," 6 June 2018 But the company proved critics wrong and has become a stock market darling by selling businesses, cutting costs, and reaping a windfall from widespread adoption of its Opteon line of environmentally friendly refrigerants. Ken Otterbourg, Fortune, "Teflon’s River of Fear," 24 May 2018 There is at least a reasonable suggestion that Wynn [Resorts]—the alleged victim in this case—was willing to feign being defrauded in order to reap a $40 million financial windfall. Neil Weinberg,, "How Wynn’s Boston Casino Is Rising on Land Tied to a Mobster," 11 Apr. 2018 Any slackening in the pace of buying could cool deal making and disappoint investors who have reaped windfalls thanks to profligate Chinese spenders. Keith Bradsher, Alexandra Stevenson And Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Anbang Takeover Sends Blunt Message: China Wants to Fix Its Debt Problem," 23 Feb. 2018 What's more, each team is about to reap a $50 million windfall from the sale of a majority stake in MLB Advanced Media (now BAMTech) to the Disney Corporation. Jay Jaffe,, "What Is Lorenzo Cain Really Worth? More Than You May Think," 8 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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Phrases Related to reap

reap the rewards

reap what one sows

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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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