re·​ward·​ing | \ri-ˈwȯr-diŋ \

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

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Looking for a race that's not as challenging to enter, but just as rewarding? Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018 Such twists and turns are further aspects of this carnival-like ballet that bring its 1900 world into our time, as richly rewarding as a mint-condition rare coin. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Harlequinade’ Review: Humor and History Take Center Stage," 6 June 2018 Choosing to give Jeannie such a pivotal role is almost as rewarding as the denouement. Karin Slaughter,, "Stephen King's 'The Outsider': A thrill ride from an American classic writer," 1 June 2018 This show is as rewarding as your own immersion into it—much like the titular park itself. Matt Miller, Esquire, "The Westworld Soundtrack Is Stupid and I Love It," 1 Nov. 2016 Just to be able to give a helping hand is so rewarding. Fox News, "Minnesota firefighter leaves his own wedding to battle blaze," 27 Sep. 2018 As a strategic partner to more than 17,000 clients and 300,000 contract employees every year, Aerotek’s people-focused approach yields competitive advantage for its clients and rewarding careers for its contract employees. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 The Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, and the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in Mobile, are special-focus schools which effectively prepare their students for rewarding careers., "The full text of Gov. Kay Ivey's 2018 State of the State address," 10 Jan. 2018 Without settling into rote blues, he's again dug into American music - protest music, recently - in a remarkable third act to a career that has proven more rewarding, long after many of his peers have passed. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Charles Lloyd is a living jazz master," 7 Feb. 2018

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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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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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