reward

verb
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce reward (audio) \
rewarded; rewarding; rewards

Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a reward to or for

reward

noun

Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is given in return for good or evil done or received or that is offered or given for some service or attainment the police offered a reward for his capture
2 : a stimulus (such as food) that is administered to an organism and serves to reinforce a desired response

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Other Words from reward

Verb

rewardable \ ri-​ˈwȯr-​də-​bəl How to pronounce rewardable (audio) \ adjective
rewarder noun

Synonyms for reward

Synonyms: Verb

award

Synonyms: Noun

bounty, price

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Examples of reward in a Sentence

Verb

She rewarded herself by buying a new pair of shoes. the firefighters were rewarded by the city for their heroic actions

Noun

The contest offered a cash reward to the first person who could breed a blue rose. Hard work brings its own rewards. Members will receive a discount in reward for getting friends or family to join.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The crowd rewarded Carle with a collective gasp, and a loud ovation. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Many try, but few finish, the world’s toughest baseball quiz," 17 Sep. 2019 Two plays later, the Colts rewarded Ebron by handing him a shovel pass for a 3-yard touchdown, his first this season. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: Colts get good and bad from Jacoby Brissett's second start," 16 Sep. 2019 Negative rates, which have been used in economies including Japan, Switzerland, and the eurozone, mean that savers are penalized and borrowers rewarded: Their goal is to reduce borrowing costs for households and companies to encourage spending. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump calls for Fed’s ‘boneheads’ to slash interest rates below zero - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Pérez has another handy yet frustrating tip for young activists: Your efforts won’t always be rewarded. Christine Heppermann, chicagotribune.com, "Celia C. Pérez empowers kids to ruffle feathers in ‘Strange Birds’," 12 Sep. 2019 The contests reward hunters with cash or prizes for the number of animals killed in a certain period of time. Andrew Howard, azcentral, "Arizona will ban hunting contests, which opponents call 'indiscriminate slaughter'," 5 Sep. 2019 Even if playing time is limited, a call-up would reward their efforts in a season that’s required plenty of perseverance. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants power hitters take different paths to possible September call-ups," 29 Aug. 2019 Perhaps this is the year their faith will be rewarded. oregonlive.com, "Seattle Seahawks defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in third preseason game: 11 winners and losers," 25 Aug. 2019 Any and all contributions were rewarded with a coupon for five free wings at Buffalo Wings and Rings, according to the announcement. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati fans stock food pantries through the summer and early fall," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The reward for information leading to Susan Barksdale’s arrest was set at $10,000. Fox News, "Husband-wife Arizona murder suspects nabbed after three-week manhunt; had 'overpowered' guards in Utah: report," 12 Sep. 2019 Outfielder Chris Shaw went back to Double-A, did the work and has earned his reward. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ promote four from Sacramento, including outfielder Chris Shaw," 1 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter His reward—a bonus of €45m—was the start of the undoing of his personal finances. The Economist, "Thomas Middelhoff reflects on failure in German business," 22 Aug. 2019 More on the costs: Carmel's financing, ownership, of $40 million luxury hotel creates the opportunity for risk or rewardThe first payment on the $10 million bond, which is backed by local income taxes, is due in July and another in December. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel needs to pay an additional $85,000 on bond for luxury hotel construction," 13 June 2019 In the charitable world, venture philanthropy applies the same concepts of high risks and high rewards to social (rather than financial) returns on investment. Bruce Deboskey, The Denver Post, "On Philanthropy: Philanthropy is the ultimate “risk capital”," 9 June 2019 Same goes for risks and rewards: Dunham says that the greatest gift Mongolia has given her boys is courage. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 26 Mar. 2019 The reward was made possible through generous donations from the Bring Michael Home Candlelight Vigil, held on Saturday, August 24, according to investigators. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family desperate for answers after Ohio man Michael Saylor disappears days before his 30th birthday," 3 Sep. 2019 The club isn't on the hook for a full purchase, so there's little risk with potential high reward after landing a player whose skill has never been in question. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The Top 10 Summer Transfer Window Classes Around Europe," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of reward

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reward

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French regarder, rewarder to look back at, regard, care for, recompense — more at regard entry 2

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More Definitions for reward

reward

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give money or another kind of payment to (someone or something) for something good that has been done

reward

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

: money or another kind of payment that is given or received for something that has been done or that is offered for something that might be done

reward

verb
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce reward (audio) \
rewarded; rewarding

Kids Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give something (as money) to in return for a service or accomplishment I always reward my pet for good behavior.
2 : to give something in return for The boss rewarded his efforts.

reward

noun

Kids Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as money) given or offered in return for a service or accomplishment
re·​ward | \ ri-ˈwȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce reward (audio) \

Medical Definition of reward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a reward to or for

reward

noun

Medical Definition of reward (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stimulus (as food) that serves to reinforce a desired response

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