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

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 The charges allege that Tamras-Martin made the payments with the intent to influence and reward Hernandez in connection with his official duties at UIC, which included the referral of the school’s elevator service and repair work. Staff Report, Naperville Sun, "Naperville woman charged with paying $200K in bribes for UIC elevator work," 2 May 2018 But those willing to lend their trust were well rewarded at LCA, in a show that offered multiple spikes of transcendence. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jack White gets loose, goes big, in Little Caesars Arena homecoming show," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This huge benefit of female masturbation is a real reward for all your hard work. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 Epic took a dance Ferguson popularized, turned into a visual asset with motion graphics, and then made it into a reward for playing a lot of Fortnite. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 This is a reward that can be withdrawn if North Korea lies or backtracks, which is expected based the regime's track record. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 The Faulkner's soon listed a $5,000 reward for information leading to Lelia’s safe return, which has now grown to $10,000. Malik Johnson, NBC News, "Parents of Lelia Faulkner still searching for daughter two years after her disappearance.," 8 July 2018 Thus the reward for bearing risk is greatest just when people refuse to bear it. Burton G. Malkiel, WSJ, "‘Mastering the Market Cycle’ Review: The Dangers of Optimism," 8 Oct. 2018 The reward is access to Hollow Knight’s secret, final boss. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018 The reward for a 162-game grind should not be a 1-game dismissal. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The reward for winning the group, ultimately clinched by Belgium after a tepid 1-0 win, is a potential quarterfinal against Brazil. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How to stop World Cup teams from trying to lose in the group stage," 29 June 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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