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

The award, known as intervenor compensation, will be paid by utility customers under a program that rewards interest groups that contribute to the commission’s decision-making. San Diego Union-Tribune, "State utility regulators award $58,000 to group that opposed San Onofre settlement," 20 Aug. 2019 That speaks to the bigger systemic issue of the US health insurers using a fee-for-service model that often rewards physicians and hospitals for adding tests and medical procedures, even when they aren’t needed. Jeremy Hsu, Quartz, "Artificial intelligence could globally revolutionize health care—unless it destroys it," 2 Aug. 2019 This would import foreign price controls on the one drug market that still rewards innovation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Requiem for a Rebate Rule," 11 July 2019 Jim Axelrod: Barry wants to raise $50,000 under the theory that reward money could shake someone loose. CBS News, "Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 17 years later," 6 July 2019 The city launched a dynamic fleet sizing policy in February that rewards operators that can demonstrate their vehicles are being ridden at least three times per day. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "As Denver’s armada of e-scooters grows, operators roll out new models and other cities pump the brakes," 24 June 2019 Colu is a digital wallet that rewards users for making purchases in their neighborhoods. Simone Stolzoff, SFChronicle.com, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019 TPC River Highlands is a course that rewards good play, and neither would be the first young player to succeed at Travelers. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Recently turned professionals Hovland, Wolff, Morikawa and Suh like their chances at the Travelers Championship," 20 June 2019 Dixon confessed to being concerned about Saturday unfolding into a dangerous pack race that rewards the biggest risk-taker rather than the strongest car. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar at Texas: Tough to get read on race after rain-shortened practice," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The reward was made possible through generous donations from the Bring Michael Home Candlelight Vigil, held on Saturday, August 24, according to investigators. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family desperate for answers after Ohio man Michael Saylor disappears days before his 30th birthday," 3 Sep. 2019 The club isn't on the hook for a full purchase, so there's little risk with potential high reward after landing a player whose skill has never been in question. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The Top 10 Summer Transfer Window Classes Around Europe," 3 Sep. 2019 Navigating the world of airline rewards can feel every bit as frustrating and complex as air travel itself. Dasia Moore, Quartz, "Presentation: How to approach airline points like an economist," 3 Sep. 2019 Where rejection remains the norm, collegiality was once the reward. New York Times, "Get Out of My Light, Honey. I’m Auditioning Here.," 30 Aug. 2019 Or, at least, exclusive for a little while—many of the rewards will become available to people who don't buy that particular season, so no one is missing out on anything game-changing in terms of abilities or weapons or whatnot. Wired, "Telltale Games Seems to Be Rising From the Dead," 30 Aug. 2019 Tool has been gearing up for something big, and fans got two rewards on the same day. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Tool is coming to Toyota Center," 30 Aug. 2019 There are the usual spate of backer rewards and so forth, for those who want to get involved. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Gearbox finally announces a proper Homeworld sequel, 15 long years later," 30 Aug. 2019 Each account year, cardmembers receive a free night reward for hotels costing up to 50,000 points, such as the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 7 Hotel Credit Cards Give You Elite Status Just for Signing Up," 29 Aug. 2019

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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 entry 2

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Dictionary Entries near reward

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rewardful

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More Definitions for reward

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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