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

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

Democratic and Republican presidents have used the White House as a way to woo wavering legislators, reward major donors and impress foreign diplomats. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "4 takeaways on Donald Trump's absolutely appalling statement on the Eagles' White House visit," 4 June 2018 And in a few weeks, the most dedicated beauty lovers will have a new way to get rewarded for shopping at their favorite store: Sephora credit cards. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sephora Credit Cards (and Rewards) Are Coming — Here’s Everything We Know," 16 Mar. 2019 This Morning, This Evening is a major work, and a richly rewarding one. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Krispy Kreme No better way to reward yourself than with donuts. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "7 Election Day Free Food Deals," 6 Nov. 2018 Yet our President wants to reward him with a seat at the table while alienating our closest democratic allies. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Trump again calls for readmitting Russia to G7, blames Obama for Crimea's annexation," 9 June 2018 Some will readily give Mosby credit for the first thing and reward her with their votes. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "The two ways Baltimore voters will judge Marilyn Mosby," 8 June 2018 But rather than using his platform to advocate for peace and common sense safety, Mike Pence is rewarding extremists in the NRA. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "Alyssa Milano wants Mike Pence to cancel his NRA convention speech," 27 Apr. 2018 These revolutionaries saw it as a time for Mexico to reward the people who worked the land, not the other way around: a war for the mestizos; a war for the indigenous; and a war for the poor. Teen Vogue, "The Real History of Las Soldaderas, the Women Who Made the Mexican Revolution Possible," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Still, for the handful of hopefuls who do make it, the rewards can be life changing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Models on What It Means to “Make It”," 9 Apr. 2019 In 2009, a year after the company was granted a royal warrant from the Queen, Fulton received a welcome reward for his work. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Umbrellas Are Custom Made to Match Her Outfits," 23 Mar. 2019 Positive Discipline is a method where parents clearly communicate what behaviors are appropriate, which ones are inappropriate, and what the rewards for good behavior and the consequences for bad behavior are. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Positive Discipline? Experts Say This Method Is Effective at Getting Kids to Behave," 8 Mar. 2019 The facilities have improved, and the rewards are much greater. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Caleb Johnson of Germantown Academy continues legacy of great black pole vaulters," 7 May 2018 The new credit card, called the Apple Card and launched in collaboration with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will charge no fees, pay daily cash rewards and sync with consumers’ iPhones to analyze their spending. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "The Apple Card Is Here, With Cash Back and Privacy Promises," 25 Mar. 2019 Getty Images Some new mothers choose to put work on hold completely and others decide to balance both the challenges and beautiful moments of motherhood with the challenges and rewards of work. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Hudson Shares a Picture of Herself Breastfeeding on Instagram," 13 Jan. 2019 One of the biggest draws of Fallout 76 is the introduction of nuke launches, the player-triggered events that create both powerful enemies and great rewards. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76’s first end-game nuke launches, starts apocalyptic battle," 15 Nov. 2018 As the beauty industry seeks to become more sustainable, many brands are starting internal recycling programs that offer rewards and discounts. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "You Should Be Recycling Your Beauty Products—10 Things You Need to Know," 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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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
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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