reward

verb
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce reward (audio) \
rewarded; rewarding; rewards

Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a reward to or for

reward

noun

Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is given in return for good or evil done or received or that is offered or given for some service or attainment the police offered a reward for his capture
2 : a stimulus (such as food) that is administered to an organism and serves to reinforce a desired response

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Other Words from reward

Verb

rewardable \ ri-​ˈwȯr-​də-​bəl How to pronounce rewardable (audio) \ adjective
rewarder noun

Synonyms for reward

Synonyms: Verb

award

Synonyms: Noun

bounty, price

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Examples of reward in a Sentence

Verb

She rewarded herself by buying a new pair of shoes. the firefighters were rewarded by the city for their heroic actions

Noun

The contest offered a cash reward to the first person who could breed a blue rose. Hard work brings its own rewards. Members will receive a discount in reward for getting friends or family to join.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This Morning, This Evening is a major work, and a richly rewarding one. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Krispy Kreme No better way to reward yourself than with donuts. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "7 Election Day Free Food Deals," 6 Nov. 2018 Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Trump again calls for readmitting Russia to G7, blames Obama for Crimea's annexation," 9 June 2018 Some will readily give Mosby credit for the first thing and reward her with their votes. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "The two ways Baltimore voters will judge Marilyn Mosby," 8 June 2018 But rather than using his platform to advocate for peace and common sense safety, Mike Pence is rewarding extremists in the NRA. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "Alyssa Milano wants Mike Pence to cancel his NRA convention speech," 27 Apr. 2018 These revolutionaries saw it as a time for Mexico to reward the people who worked the land, not the other way around: a war for the mestizos; a war for the indigenous; and a war for the poor. Teen Vogue, "The Real History of Las Soldaderas, the Women Who Made the Mexican Revolution Possible," 12 Mar. 2019 By the end of the week, the experience had evolved from fear and frustration to reward. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Coolest Way to Learn a New Language," 13 Sep. 2018 Many water companies in California created gamification apps to reward conservation during the drought, which were credited with helping to achieve the state’s water-use goals. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The problem with turning urban challenges into games," 20 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The construction is focused around public transportation centers, and, in some cases, cities are allowing heights to rise beyond original zoning rules as a reward for builders who contribute more to affordable housing. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019 This party also marked Kate's first time wearing the Royal Family Order, an official badge presented by the Queen as a reward for outstanding service to the crown. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears the Lover's Knot Tiara to the Queen's 2018 Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 Luckily, Kendall and Joe get a legit date card as a reward. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: We Need to Talk About the 'Russian Witch Hunt'," 5 Sep. 2018 As a reward for your efforts and to support our non-profit countywide program, purchase an Earth-Friendly Garden yard sign. Dawn Standke, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 2018 All three players were given a complimentary summer baseball camp membership from Loyola Blakefield as a reward for their nominations. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Tristin Forby given Rec Council's cherished Spirit award," 11 July 2018 As a kid, Weeks’ father used morning fishing trips as a reward for his doing well in school. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Musky Whisperer spills his secret: Thinking like a scientist," 3 July 2018 It's expected that Salah has been handed a huge pay rise as a reward for his fine form. SI.com, "Mohamed Salah Officially Signs New Long-Term Contract at Liverpool After Stunning Debut Season," 2 July 2018 Amy Bernstein hosted a Segway tour as a reward for their hard work and dedication. Houston Chronicle, "Bernstein Realty agents, staff complete Positivity Challenge," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of reward

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reward

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French regarder, rewarder to look back at, regard, care for, recompense — more at regard

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reward

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give money or another kind of payment to (someone or something) for something good that has been done

reward

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

: money or another kind of payment that is given or received for something that has been done or that is offered for something that might be done

reward

verb
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce reward (audio) \
rewarded; rewarding

Kids Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give something (as money) to in return for a service or accomplishment I always reward my pet for good behavior.
2 : to give something in return for The boss rewarded his efforts.

reward

noun

Kids Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as money) given or offered in return for a service or accomplishment
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce reward (audio) \

Medical Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a reward to or for

reward

noun

Medical Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stimulus (as food) that serves to reinforce a desired response

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