\ 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


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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After operating expenses like delivery and credit-card fees, retailers reap less than two cents from each dollar spent on gas. Tony Rehagen,, "Farewell to hot dog rollers and roadside chats: an elegy for the American gas station," 11 July 2019 Happening upon a bookkeeping discrepancy, Bloom innocently theorizes that a flop could reap bigger, if illicit, profits than could a legitimate hit. Daryl H. Miller,, "Review: Small theaters think big with ‘Ragtime’ at the Chance and ‘The Producers’ at Celebration," 11 July 2019 While the latest jobs report showed the economy’s continued strength after 10 years of expansion, the effects have been uneven, with the wealthiest parts of the country reaping a disproportionate share of the gains. New York Times, "The ‘Texas Miracle’ Missed Most of Texas," 7 July 2019 The Chronicle reported districts such as Houston ISD, Conroe, Katy and Spring ISDs, did not reap the same kind of benefits from the reform bill as other districts such as Alief, Humble and Sheldon ISDs. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Teacher pay raises across Houston area school districts for the 2019-2020 school year," 3 July 2019 Bank of America posted another solid year, reaping the benefits of a better economy, higher interest rates, and lower taxes. Fortune, "Bank of America," 1 July 2019 Sport: Basketball Earnings: $27.6m After establishing himself as one of the NBA's finest point guards, Jrue Holiday continues to reap the financial rewards of his huge contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans., "The 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World," 17 June 2019 With the couple’s new royal baby due imminently, London may continue to reap the rewards of the Harry and Meghan effect into 2020. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Helped Make London 2019’s “Top Destination”," 28 Mar. 2019 That means labels like Universal stand to continue reaping the benefits. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Universal Music Sale Puts Resurgent Industry on the Market," 27 Jan. 2019

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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 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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