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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Entrepreneurs revel in that thought, constantly weighing risk and reward on unforgiving scales, wagering that their plan is going to find a successful result. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "Glimpses of life," 19 Sep. 2020 The victim’s family and friends raised a portion of the Crimestoppers reward money. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Family, friends, Crime Stoppers pool together a $10,000 reward to catch a killer," 16 Sep. 2020 Ahead of a speech to be given in Warren, Democratic nominee Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled a plan to tax companies that move work overseas at a higher rate and reward those that bring jobs back into the U.S. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden to tell Michigan: He'll tax companies that move job overseas," 9 Sep. 2020 While many companies have furloughed or laid off workers in recent months, others have paid up to motivate their employees and reward them for their efforts during the pandemic. Mark Maurer And Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "CFOs Worry About Salary, Benefit Costs as Pandemic Drags On," 3 Sep. 2020 Additionally, President Bill Clinton and his political affairs staff orchestrated a campaign to raise funds and reward donors with White House perks, such as overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom, during his first term. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Hatch Act Controversy Perfectly Captures the Relationship between Trump and the Swamp," 26 Aug. 2020 Target has taken a number of steps to safeguard, recognize and reward employees during the pandemic—including pay raises and support with mental health. Fortune, "How Target creates a great workplace for millennials," 6 Aug. 2020 Wingfield and the rest of the Warriors offense would soon reward coach Parker for his understanding. J.l. Kirven, The Enquirer, "Winton Woods football's 2020 season off and running with 34-0 win over Edgewood," 29 Aug. 2020 CerSci Therapeutics has been bought by a San Diego pharmaceuticals company for $52.5 million in a deal that could later reward its backers with hundreds of millions more. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "UT Dallas biotech startup pursuing non-opioid pain therapy sells to California firm for $52.5 million," 25 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During an interview with KABC Radio on Monday, Villanueva also challenged Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James to match the reward money, citing James' support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "LA sheriff's deputies out of hospital, 'long road to recovery' as search continues for gunman," 22 Sep. 2020 Villanueva said the reward money had reached $175,000 — a combination of donations of $100,000 from the county and $75,000 from two private individuals. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Vanessa Bryant sues LA County Sheriff's department over crash site photos: report," 22 Sep. 2020 The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday challenged Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to match $175,000 in reward money being offered for information on the gunman who ambushed and shot two L.A. deputies over the weekend. CBS News, "L.A. sheriff challenges LeBron James to match reward money for gunman who ambushed 2 deputies," 15 Sep. 2020 If James matches the reward money being offered, that would bring the total to $350,000. Allen Kim, CNN, "L.A. sheriff challenges LeBron James to match reward to help find the gunman who ambushed two deputies," 15 Sep. 2020 Operation Legend also provides $250,000 for crime reduction efforts and an additional $25,000 for reward money related to the unsolved homicide of 10-year-old De'Shaun Swanson. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Operation Legend: What critics and supporters say about federal effort to curb violence," 9 Sep. 2020 Brooks' death and disappearance, which was featured on a recent episode of Netflix’s new Unsolved Mysteries, has been reopened by the FBI and a $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Alonzo Brooks' Family Sought Help When He Disappeared in 2004, But Instead Got Racial Abuse," 10 Sep. 2020 So there’s no reward for an EDF executive who lands a call center? Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Selling San Antonio ‘with a straight face’ — that’s Jenna Saucedo-Herrera’s job, and her days are long," 10 Sep. 2020 There is no getting around the fact that risk and reward are connected. Meir Statman, WSJ, "Investors Still Believe They Can Beat the Stock Market," 8 Sep. 2020

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

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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reward. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for reward

reward

verb
How to pronounce reward (audio)

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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