reward

verb
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯrd \
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 \ 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

The regime considers them useful propaganda tools--returning the remains makes the regime look good and can be used to reward the former UN combatant countries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How U.S. Investigators Identify Korean War Dead Using DNA, Corn, and Water," 19 Sep. 2018 My question is this: Will FIFA reward Geiger for his performance? Grant Wahl, SI.com, "This World Cup's Latest Twist: England Wins a Penalty Kick Shootout," 3 July 2018 Since corporate culture starts at the top, this dictatorial behavior is probably being modeled and rewarded by upper management. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "How bad is this workplace? Bosses covered the windows to keep workers from looking out," 14 Nov. 2018 Uber now has a first-of-its-kind rideshare rewards program in Atlanta, Denver, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, Tampa, Washington D.C., and across New Jersey. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber's New Rewards Program Offers Priority Airport Pick-Up, Locked-In Pricing," 14 Nov. 2018 However, sexist double standards mean that women may pay a price for behaviors which are excused, even rewarded, in men. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Men Who Scream at Work Aren't "Passionate." They're Abusive.," 4 Sep. 2018 Participants would be rewarded by in-game badges and currency. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Minigame integrated into EVE Online helps scientists understand cells," 20 Aug. 2018 The extent of these business discussions, which have not been previously reported, raise new questions about whether the Kremlin sought to reward critical figures in the Brexit campaign. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Russians Offered Business Deals to Brexit’s Biggest Backer," 29 June 2018 Although not everyone thinks the demolition actually limits the North’s nuclear expansion in any significant way, for the North to take that step and be rewarded by a hostile cancellation is a huge propaganda coup for Kim. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality TV Show," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To be sure, the rewards of the digital economy have been highly concentrated, not only in a relatively few metros but also in relatively few hands of our Digital Gilded Age. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018 If Marco Gobbetti, chief executive since mid-2017, does pull off a Gucci-style turnaround, the rewards would be tremendous. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Burberry Starts to Justify Investors’ Faith," 8 Nov. 2018 This system is standard fare for role-playing games, but the rewards are more tangible than normal in Starlink. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Solve the puzzle first, and the rewards are the coins. refinery29.com, "The Money Question You're Too Embarrassed To Ask: What Is Bitcoin?," 12 June 2018 These rewards should be very small, and make sure to cut back a bit on your pet’s regular meals, to prevent weight gain. Sarah Ellis, National Geographic, "Why You're Probably Training Your Cat All Wrong," 17 May 2018 Instead, owning stocks for the long term and reaping rewards only after many years may be the single factor linking many of this quarter’s top-performing managers. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "The Best Stock-Fund Managers of 2018," 6 Jan. 2019 But if the beverage industry keeps pushing laws that preempt soda taxes from ever seeing the light of day, fewer communities will be able to reap these rewards. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 But most of its workers have been excluded from reaping the rewards of this boom. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent," 13 Oct. 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 \
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 \

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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