reward
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈwɔːd/, /ɹəˈwɔːd/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɹɪˈwɔɹd/, /ɹəˈwɔɹd/, /ɹiˈwɔɹd/
  • (obsolete) IPA: /ɹɪˈwɑː(ɹ)d/

Noun

reward (plural rewards)

  1. Something of value given in return for an act.
    For catching the thief, you'll get a nice reward.
    Synonyms: payment, recompense, tithing, meed
    Antonyms: punishment
  2. A prize promised for a certain deed or catch
    The rewards for bringing in badly wanted criminals are printed on 'dead or alive' posters
    Synonyms: bounty
  3. The result of an action, whether good or bad.
    Is this the reward I get for telling the truth: to be put in jail?
    Synonyms: consequence
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Verb

reward (rewards, present participle rewarding; past and past participle rewarded)

  1. (transitive) To give a reward to or for.
    Why are you rewarding the child for misbehaving?
    Why are you rewarding that bad behaviour?
  2. (transitive) To recompense.
    Decorations are meant to reward the most meritous acts and services.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To give (something) as a reward.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:6.25?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter xxvj], in Le Morte Darthur, book IV:
      Thenne syr Marhaus departed and within two dayes his damoysel brought hym where as was a grete tornement that the lady de Vawse has cryed / […] / And there syr Marhaus dyd so nobly that he was renomed / & had somtyme doune fourty knyghtes / and soo the serklet of gold was rewarded hym
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Samuel 24:17 ↗:
      Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
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