- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle 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
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verb reaped, reap·ing, reaps verb, transitive
- To cut (grain or pulse) for harvest with a scythe, sickle, or reaper.
- To harvest (a crop).
- 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: Middle English repen, from Old English rīpan.