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

For sporting cow spots, waving a cow bell or dressing like a cow, customers will be rewarded with free food at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Cow Appreciation Day 2019: Get free Chick-fil-A Tuesday for dressing like a cow," 8 July 2019 His form was rewarded recently with a four-year extension. SI.com, "4 More Positions Aston Villa Must Strengthen to Stay in the Premier League Next Season," 6 July 2019 Her effort is rewarded with a long subplot that sends Joyce and Chief Hopper off in a madcap and even romantic direction, easily becoming one of the season’s highlights. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 3 July 2019 More often than not, fans were rewarded with a win. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Who are 10 most impactful players in Padres history?," 23 June 2019 Why wouldn’t Sarah Sanders be rewarded with the governorship when so many of her fellow villains have done pretty good for themselves? Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: Sarah Sanders Will Probably Become Governor Of Arkansas," 20 June 2019 Under the plan, up to 500 homeowners around the state who rent rooms to low- to moderate- income Oregonians could be rewarded with property tax breaks as high as $8,000 a year. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Rental tax break pitched by Portland developer gets first ‘no’ vote," 18 June 2019 Your wait for pavlova will be rewarded with a gorgeous dessert. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: For a glorious summer dessert, make individual Pavlovas topped with berries and cream," 10 June 2019 The guest with the most correct answers should be rewarded with a chic prize. 10. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Bridal Shower Game Ideas You Won't Hate Playing," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The risk for all was that the line of attack would seem contrived; the reward, as Harris and the others found, was considerable. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "One viral moment can set a 2020 candidate apart — but they’re hard to come by," 6 July 2019 In addition to the main narrative, Ubisoft Toronto is also planning specific end-game challenges, daily and themed events, rewards, and other updated content. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "You must resist Big Brother in upcoming Ubisoft video game 'Watch Dogs: Legion'," 29 June 2019 Warren declined to move to the political safe ground, sticking with the high-risk, high-reward Medicare-for-all plan. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren proved she’s ready for the big show," 27 June 2019 Benji won’t ever warrant any external rewards, will never succeed according to George’s scale. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Emma Cline on the Movie Business," 24 June 2019 Several businesses have contributed to the reward, including the Andis Co.; Floyd’s Towing; Hiawatha Bar and Grill in Sturtevant; Joey LeGath, who owns four Racine-area taverns; and Teezers, where the shooting occurred. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Funeral set for Racine Officer John Hetland as reward to find suspect nearly doubles," 22 June 2019 Featuring virtually no fees and robust cash-back rewards, there are questions on how the venture will become profitable (Citigroup reportedly pulled out of talks with Apple on the project due to such fears). Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Apple Card Still Dropping This Summer, Says Goldman Sachs’ Consumer Chief," 20 June 2019 Call it the shoot-the-moon philosophy of corporate growth, taken from the high-risk, high-reward strategy in the card game Hearts—you either thoroughly dominate the opposition or you crash in flames. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Facebook’s Libra Reveals Silicon Valley’s Naked Ambition," 19 June 2019 From brow gels to K-beauty masks, these are the makeup, skin, and hair products that people went back for again and again, racking up Optimum points along the way (if only the rewards applied to flights, too). Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "16 Best-Selling Beauty Products To Pick Up On Your Next Drugstore Run," 18 June 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

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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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