re·​ward·​ing | \ ri-ˈwȯr-diŋ How to pronounce rewarding (audio) \

Definition of rewarding

1 : yielding or likely to yield a reward : valuable, satisfying a rewarding experience
2 : serving as a reward a rewarding smile of thanks

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Other Words from rewarding

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
Recent Examples on the Web But Sanders believes falling down and learning from mistakes can actually be the most rewarding outcome. Nancy Baldwin, Dallas News, "After overcoming addiction and adversity, a Dallas veteran shares her restored hope with others," 30 June 2020 The construction is thoughtful, beautiful and as rewarding as any of the beefy alternatives around town. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Order from these three restaurants, and watch vegetables steal the show," 26 June 2020 One of the most rewarding things to teach is laminated dough, like croissant and Danish. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baking instructor of the year's tips: Avoid cake mixes, don't sweat the recipe and get a professional spatula," 23 June 2020 These experiences taught him how rewarding volunteering can be and broadened his worldview. Vicky Hallett, National Geographic, "Here’s how kids can volunteer, even from home," 23 June 2020 It’s the scientific equivalent of cleaning out your closets: tedious but ultimately rewarding. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Stuck at Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species," 22 June 2020 The hummingbirds quickly learned to associate one color with a rewarding sweet sip, and the other color with unrewarding plain water. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hummingbirds Can See Colors Invisible to Humans, Study Finds," 18 June 2020 Helping others feel at peace and offering hope can be immensely rewarding. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "As calls to crisis hotlines spikes amid the coronavirus, those who respond feel the strain," 16 June 2020 The hummingbirds, which eat flower nectar, quickly learned to associate one color with a rewarding sweet sip, and the other color with unrewarding plain water. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, "Hummingbirds see colors we can’t even imagine," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of rewarding

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rewarding was in 1697

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5 Jul 2020

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“Rewarding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rewarding

: giving you a good feeling that you have done something valuable, important, etc.
: giving you money or profit

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