\ 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 Shake Shack, Ruth’s Chris and Pot Belly are among the many large restaurant chains who are reaping the benefits of the Paycheck Protection Program made possible by the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed in Congress last month. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Outrage Grows As Multi-Million-Dollar Companies Help Deplete Funds Marked For Small Businesses," 21 Apr. 2020 That's not to say Valentine's Day is a heartbreaker for restaurant owners, who still reap about 20% more in sales than on the average day, Womply found. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Do restaurants get less love on Valentine's Day?," 14 Feb. 2020 Last year, Johnson was second behind George Clooney, who reaped a windfall from the sale of his tequila company. NBC News, "Dwayne Johnson leads Forbes list of highest-paid actors," 21 Aug. 2019 But could this experience, and these adaptations, reap changes worth keeping around? Galt Niederhoffer, New York Times, "How Coronavirus Shifted the Stakes of Teenage Rebellion," 1 May 2020 Moreover, many people can’t wrap their heads around the idea that someone would spend time cultivating a garden but not reap all of the rewards. Jennifer Atkinson, The Conversation, "The impulse to garden in hard times has deep roots," 1 May 2020 Enter automatic machine learning, or AutoML, a branch of research exclusively devoted to methods and processes that automate machine learning so that non-experts can also reap its benefits. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Is How Algorithms Will Evolve Themselves," 23 Apr. 2020 Find their super-easy hair mask recipes and tips below, and let your hair reap the benefits. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Easy Homemade Hair Masks for Healthier Strands," 22 Apr. 2020 Netflix on Tuesday reported a record increase in subscribers as the Los Gatos company reaped the benefits of a massive increase in home viewing caused by stay-at-home measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Your quarantine binging boosts Netflix profits," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of reap was before the 12th century

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20 May 2020

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“Reap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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