- To reap is defined as to cut, gather or harvest.
An example of to reap is a wheat farmer harvesting the season's crops.
A farmer uses a harvester to reap the wheat.
- to cut (grain) with a scythe, sickle, or reaping machine
- to gather (a crop, harvest, etc.) by cutting
- to cut or harvest grain from (a field)
- to gain or obtain as the reward of action, conduct, work, etc.
Origin of reapMiddle English repen ; from Old English ripan, akin to ripe ; from Indo-European an unverified form reib- ; from base an unverified form rei-, to tear, pull out, rend from source row, rive
verbreaped, reap·ing, reaps
- a. To cut (grain or pulse) for harvest with a scythe, sickle, or reaper.b. To harvest (a crop).c. To harvest a crop from: reaping a field.
- To obtain as a result of effort: She reaped large profits from her unique invention.
- To cut or harvest grain or pulse.
- To obtain a return or reward.
Origin of reapMiddle English repen, from Old English rīpan.
(third-person singular simple present reaps, present participle reaping, simple past and past participle reaped or reapt)
- To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.
- To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works, in a good or a bad sense.
- to reap a benefit from exertions
- (computer science) To terminate a child process that has previously exited, thereby removing it from the process table.
- Until a child process is reaped, it may be listed in the process table as a zombie or defunct process.
- A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.
Middle English repen, from Old English ripan, reopan, from Proto-Germanic *rīpaną (compare West Frisian repe, German reifsen ‘to snatch’, Norwegian ripa ‘to score, scratch’), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rep- ‘to snatch’ (compare Latin rapere ‘to seize, plunder’, Lithuanian aprépti 'to seize, embrace', Albanian rrjep ‘to peel, tear off’, Ancient Greek ἐρέπτομαι (eréptomai, “I feed on”)).