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

During his volunteer career, Wojnowski has received two awards, one from the department rewarding him for serving for 24 years as chief, and another from the Waukesha County Chief's association for his 24 years of service. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retiring Tess Corners fire chief built a career on being humble and serving others," 12 July 2018 If the middle child is more likely to take risks, those risks might reward us all. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Regardless, Denver rewarded him with a four-year, $54 million contract, guaranteeing him far more money than the likes of Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley, Tyreke Evans, Avery Bradley, Marco Belinelli and others. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Both sides have had different but equally impressive paths to Sunday’s final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium and each is desperate to reward its nation with ultimate glory. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How the World Cup final between France and Croatia will be won," 13 July 2018 The commission recommended that the agency ban visible tattoos associated with the groups because they had sometimes been used to reward aggressive behavior. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff's Department," 10 July 2018 Given local officials’ interest in getting a new venue, the federal government may use new stadium construction to alternatively reward, punish or entice local officials. Konstantin Ash, Washington Post, "Russia put World Cup stadiums in some surprising places. This is why.," 23 June 2018 If anything, Democrats have found in the family separation saga a powerful midterm campaign issue, and aren’t about to reward Trump with a border wall or reductions in legal immigration to end it. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "We’re Getting a Taste of the Backlash Mass Deportation Would Create," 18 June 2018 While there was not as much passing at Indianapolis or Texas as in the past, both races generated exciting moments and appear to have rewarded the teams that submitted the best combination of skilled driver, smart setup and sound strategy. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, Part I: What’s gone right," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And Democrats are concerned that President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is a reward for his espousal of presidential powers. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on executive power may stir controversy," 12 July 2018 There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, the sheriff's office said. Gary Detman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Authorities haven't yet ID'd mom of dead baby found at sea," 9 July 2018 Pavard’s reputation as one of the brightest defensive talents in Europe is ever-growing, and a move to Bayern next summer would be just rewards for the rapid progress which the France star has made over the past year. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Preparing Big Money Move for French World Cup Star Benjamin Pavard Next Summer," 4 July 2018 Although winning the race was a major goal, simply competing each year and training in the mountains is the ultimate reward, Connelly said. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Connelly, Kramer cruise to Mount Marathon junior victories," 4 July 2018 And catching the fish — whether a lightning-fast Caribbean bonefish or a colossal Pacific salmon — is always a sweet reward. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Don't mock the angler who catches fish in creative ways," 29 June 2018 The big game was the ultimate reward for a father and son’s collective devotion to a team. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "An Eagles Super Bowl becomes a gift for dads this Father's Day," 14 June 2018 Privacy - Terms There is a reward for $3,000 for any information that could lead to an arrest. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "How did a woman in a wheelchair end up dead near Publix? Police need the community's help," 12 June 2018 There is a reward of personal freedom by being your own boss, as well as the accomplishment of maintaining your rental property with a lot of hard work. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Real Estate Investing: Beyond HGTV," 12 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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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 \
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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