What does reward mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wages, reward, payoffnoun

    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

    "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward"

  2. rewardnoun

    payment made in return for a service rendered

  3. reward, reinforcementnoun

    an act performed to strengthen approved behavior

  4. rewardnoun

    the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property

  5. advantage, rewardverb

    benefit resulting from some event or action

    "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"

  6. honor, honour, rewardverb

    bestow honor or rewards upon

    "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"

  7. reinforce, rewardverb

    strengthen and support with rewards

    "Let's reinforce good behavior"

  8. reward, repay, pay backverb

    act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rewardnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Rewards and punishments do always presuppose something willingly done well or ill; without which respect, though we may sometimes receive good, yet then it is only a benefit and not a reward. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 9.

    They have a good reward for their labour. Ecclus. iv. 9.

    To myself I owe this due regard,
    Not to make love my gift, but my reward. Dryden.

    Men have consented to the immortality of the soul and the recompenses of another world, promising to themselves some rewards of virtue after this life. John Tillotson.

  2. To REWARDverb

    Etymology: re and award, to give in return. Stephen Skinner

    Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. 1 Sam. xxiv. 17.

    They rewarded me evil for good. Psalm xxxv. 12.

    To judge th’ unfaithful dead, but to reward
    His faithful, and receive them into bliss. John Milton.

    The supreme being rewards the just, and punishes the unjust. , Notes on the Odyssey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rewardverb

    to give in return, whether good or evil; -- commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate

  2. Rewardnoun

    regard; respect; consideration

  3. Rewardnoun

    that which is given in return for good or evil done or received; esp., that which is offered or given in return for some service or attainment, as for excellence in studies, for the return of something lost, etc.; recompense; requital

  4. Rewardnoun

    hence, the fruit of one's labor or works

  5. Rewardnoun

    compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act

  6. Etymology: [OF. rewarder, another form of regarder, of German origin. The original sense is, to look at, regard, hence, to regard as worthy, give a reward to. See Ward, Regard.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reward

    rē-wawrd′, n. that which is given in return for good or evil: recompense: retribution: the fruit of one's own labour: regard: requital: remuneration: guerdon: consideration.—v.t. to give in return: to requite, whether good or evil: to punish: (B.) to recompense: to compensate: to notice carefully: to watch over.—adj. Rewar′dable, capable or worthy of being rewarded.—n. Rewar′dableness.—adv. Rewar′dably.—n. Rewar′der, one who rewards.—adjs. Reward′ful, yielding reward; Reward′less, having or receiving no reward. [O. Fr. rewarder, reswarder, regarderre-, again, warder, guarder, to guard; of Teut. origin.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Reward

    An object or a situation that can serve to reinforce a response, to satisfy a motive, or to afford pleasure.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reward

    A recompense given for the performance of a meritorious or gallant act; as, the soldiers were rewarded with medals for their gallantry. In the U. S. service a reward of $30 is paid for the apprehension of a deserter.

Editors Contribution

  1. reward

    A positive or motivating act or gift given to thank, encourage or motivate a person.

    The reward for all her fantastic effort was gratefully received as it was so deserved.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reward' in Nouns Frequency: #1454

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reward' in Verbs Frequency: #871

Anagrams for reward »

  1. warder

  2. redraw

  3. drawer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reward in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reward in a Sentence

  1. George Jean Nathan:

    A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.

  2. Gordon Lightfoot:

    If you see me smile don't think I'm acting strange I got my just reward for all my pains

  3. Sheriff Fortney:

    We have to weigh the risk versus reward.

  4. James Safechuck:

    We would pretend my small hand fit whatever female we were buying it for, i was really into jewelry and he would reward me with jewelry for doing sexual acts for him.

  5. Josh Holmes:

    There's no reward on the other side, if you're a Democrat motivated by this issue, you'll never vote The Kentucky Republican.

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