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

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And while this venerable center is rewarding, the adventurous visitor, like Captain Kirk, seeks out the constellations. Jay Mcinerney, Vogue, "Why, Oh Why Do I Love Paris? Jay McInerney Counted the Ways in a 1986 Story for Vogue, Republished Here in Solidarity With the French Capital, Where Notre-Dame Burned," 16 Apr. 2019 But to go out there and put up a very good month is definitely rewarding. Matt Breen,, "Zach Eflin's emergence, and the struggles that made it possible," 2 July 2018 Our commerce community manager, Lauren Swanson, also finds the pore strip process oddly rewarding. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Do Pore Strips Really Work? Here's What Dermatologists Say," 21 June 2018 Taking care of an aging or ill family member can be enormously rewarding and, at the same time, exhausting and emotionally draining., "A caregiver’s guide to creating a getaway plan," 9 May 2018 The digital rabbit hole has deepened and online discovery of this kind is becoming even more rewarding. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Has Instagram Officially Replaced Etsy as The Best Place to Find Rare Vintage Fashion?," 26 July 2018 While a healthy mouth might be prize enough for having to experience a root canal, receiving a tablet or designer purse can make the experience even more rewarding. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 But the deeper dives into who came here and why is much more rewarding — and explains why the jobs and wages of Detroit turned it into a portal to the American dream. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018 The momentary haven of their imaginations was more rewarding than the paltry payments but eventually the money added up to a remittance. Rigoberto González,, "A thread of pain ties two brothers in Rigoberto González's 'What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth'," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of rewarding

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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