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 reward (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 The spread of misinformation on Facebook is partisan agnostic, meaning that the platform does not favor or reward falsehoods coming from one side or the other. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 And speaking of glass, this luxury home features plenty of it which will reward its new owners with expansive Miami Beach views from any room in the house and plenty of natural light. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 2 Sep. 2021 What’s clear is that an entrenched bureaucracy that bets on inertia rather than change tends to respond when leaders can reward those who prioritize reform and battle the status quo. Roger I. Zakheim, National Review, 16 Aug. 2021 Research institutions, funders, and principal investigators must prioritize and reward integrating standard biosafety measures into daily bench practices. Ruthanne Huising, STAT, 16 Aug. 2021 If the rules penalize Gwen Berry for standing up for her community but reward silence and compliance in the face of oppression, maybe the rules aren’t the ones worth rooting for. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, 29 July 2021 If the results ultimately don't reward the investment, then a risk of being ambitious came to be. Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 His team wondered whether fed dogs would reward food to beneficent humans. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 On grass courts, which reward assertive play more than any other surface, Shapovalov has been winning the races in rally after rally, round after round. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The various proxies for institutional wealth (e.g., faculty salaries and per-student spending) over-reward colleges that have abundant resources, resulting in the perennial dominance of private colleges in the rankings. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 One important reward for that, however, isn’t guaranteed. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Police are still searching for the boy’s killer, and authorities have increased the typical $25,000 reward for tips to help solve homicides to $35,000. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Mike McCarthy’s decision to attempt a 60-yard field goal at the end of the first half was absurd because of the risk vs. the reward. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 In order to receive a reward, participants must choose eight trails to hike at their own pace and on their own schedule. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 When Buddy looks at the light, use the reward signal and give him a treat. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 Sheriff Grady Hartman thanked the community in a statement, and for those who donated to a reward fund. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The reward cards will be provided through a contract with U.S. Bank, a city spokesman said. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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“Reward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reward. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 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

reward

transitive verb
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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