re·​ward·​ing ri-ˈwȯr-diŋ How to pronounce rewarding (audio)
: yielding or likely to yield a reward : valuable, satisfying
a rewarding experience
: serving as a reward
a rewarding smile of thanks
rewardingly adverb

Examples of rewarding in a Sentence

Her work is financially rewarding. pursued a rewarding career providing medical care to poor children in rural areas
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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rewarding was in 1697

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“Rewarding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: giving satisfaction
a rewarding experience

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