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

Tony Stewart races at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, wins in a midget car with Dairy Queen sponsorship, and is rewarded with a free milkshake at the local DQ. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Tony Stewart wins, and celebrates, just like he did as a kid," 12 July 2018 If musical humor was rewarded with goals or bonus points, England would have won the World Cup far more often than its solitary triumph in 1966. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "What are those songs fans are singing at the World Cup?," 10 July 2018 One big reason is that we are often rewarded simply for the appearance of activity. Bradley R. Staats, WSJ, "Don’t Just Dive Into Action: Stop to Think First," 6 July 2018 To tackle this, the government has announced that municipalities which succeed in getting immigrants into employment will be rewarded financially, to the tune of nearly $8,000 per worker. Billy Perrigo, Time, "What to Know About Denmark's Controversial Plan to Eradicate Immigrant "Ghettos"," 2 July 2018 When patients complete the task, they get rewarded with a great work of art that appears in one of the empty frames. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 Instead of dwelling on his dwindling playing time, Bell stayed late after practice for games of 3-on-3, worked on defending guards and forwards, and hoped that his professionalism would be rewarded with more minutes. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Jordan Bell: How Warriors center handled up-and-down rookie season," 30 June 2018 Partly because of the dogged performance against Tunisia that was rewarded with a late winner from captain Harry Kane. Ben Nuckols, chicagotribune.com, "England face Panama with shot to secure qualification to Round of 16," 23 June 2018 If last year’s food tents were any indication, consider having a snack on you at all times; brave the crush, though, and you’ll be rewarded with eats from the likes of Roy Choi’s Kogi and Brian Dunsmoor’s Hatchet Hall. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 8 Best Things Going On In L.A. This Weekend," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though there hasn't been any proven harm to the child, an infection or severe swelling can occur, so the risk isn't worth the reward. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Admits She "Got Rid Of" All Her Lip Filler," 9 July 2018 The four men, wearing black and blue hoodies covering their heads, were described by the department in a statement on Facebook Tuesday as four black men, and are offering a cash reward to anyone who comes forward with more information. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Four thieves steal over $27,000 worth of goods from Apple store in Fresno," 12 July 2018 By Thursday, thanks to donations, the O’Sheas were offering a $1,500 reward for Logan’s safe return. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "He’s not your average dog. Nor is his disappearance.," 12 July 2018 The shelter’s board of directors is offering a $500 reward for information that can lead to an arrest of those involved in harming this sweet pet. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Cat Fighting for Life After Someone Sets Firecracker Off Inside of Her," 11 July 2018 Police described the suspects only as four black men and are offering a cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Thieves steal $27,000 worth of tech in Fresno Apple Store heist," 11 July 2018 Max’s sister Tonya says the family is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can lead to Max’s exact location. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Family offers reward for Max Greenfield of Oregon, last seen in March at California casino," 10 July 2018 Sheriff’s officials have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Earl’s whereabouts. Steve Burns, ajc, "Mother of key figure in missing Georgia woman’s case is charged," 10 July 2018 There is a $1,000 reward being offered for Bentley’s safe return. Lisa Cianci, OrlandoSentinel.com, "East Orange community searches for Goldendoodle that bolted during fireworks," 7 July 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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Dictionary Entries near reward

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rewake

rewaken

reward

rewardedly

rewardful

rewarding

Phrases Related to reward

just reward

just rewards

reap the rewards

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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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