reward

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to give a reward to or for
2
rewardable adjective
rewarder noun

reward

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noun

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
To reward her, Frances decides to give her granddaughter the family ornaments (not a euphemism), but Whitney accidentally throws the box away. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 23 Nov. 2022 Breathe onto the throttle instead of stomping, and the CTR will reward you with a faster corner exit. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 21 Nov. 2022 Presidents have long trusted that voters would reward them for strong economic growth, but inflation has thrown a monkey wrench into the already difficult probability of Democrats' retaining control of the House and Senate. Josh Boak, ajc, 5 Nov. 2022 Our customers are going to reward us with loyalty and retention, and then the shareholders win. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 Diehl was extremely disappointed, according to two people who spoke to him about it at the time, that Baker did not reward him for his work fighting the gas tax with a high-profile transportation role in the new administration. Emma Platoff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2022 While the agreement is being disparaged by right-wing politicians as a territorial giveaway and a capitulation to Lebanon, Prime Minister Yair Lapid hopes voters will reward him for a diplomatic breakthrough with one of Israel’s enemies. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022 As if to reward him, the path burst into view again. Madhuri Vijay, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2022 Here are seven popular houseplants that require a little extra work on your part, but will reward you with beautiful leaves—and even flowers on one of them. Jenny Krane, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2022
Noun
Pettis is now offering a reward of more than $12,000 for information leading to an arrest, due in large part to donations from all over the community. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2022 On Tuesday, Maryland State Police announced that the family is now offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 22 Nov. 2022 Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for a tip or information leading to an arrest. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 21 Nov. 2022 The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to solving Julie’s murder. Kyani Reid, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2022 Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 Bazzi and his son remain under sanctions, and the State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on Mohammad Bazzi and others that leads to disruption of Hezbollah’s financial network. Debbie Cenziper, ProPublica, 14 Nov. 2022 Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 leading to an arrest, Fox5DC reports. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 For DeSantis, hurricane season presents risk and reward. Rick Klein, ABC News, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French regarder, rewarder to look back at, regard, care for, recompense — more at regard entry 2

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reward was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near reward

Cite this Entry

“Reward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reward. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

reward 1 of 2

verb

re·​ward ri-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce reward (audio)
: to give a reward to or for
rewarder noun

reward

2 of 2

noun

1
: something (as money) given or offered in return for a service (as the return of something lost)
2
: a stimulus (as food) that is given to an organism after a correct or desired way of behaving and that makes the behavior more probable in the future

Medical Definition

reward 1 of 2

transitive verb

re·​ward ri-ˈwȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce reward (audio)
: to give a reward to or for

reward

2 of 2

noun

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

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