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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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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