An example of reward is the owners of a missing cat giving twenty five dollars to the person who brings the cat home.
Why are you rewarding the child for misbehaving?
The rewards of exercise; the rewards of lying to your boss.
The rewards for bringing in badly wanted criminals are printed on 'dead or alive' posters.
Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
Decorations are meant to reward the most meritous acts and services.
For catching the thief, you'll get a nice reward.
Origin of reward
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English rewarden, from Anglo-Norman rewarder (“to reward") (compare Old French reguarder, whence modern French regarder, also English regard through Middle French), from re- + warder (“to guard, keep"), from Old Northern French, from Frankish *wardÅn (“to guard, keep"), from Proto-Germanic *wardÅnÄ… (“to guard, defend"), from Proto-Indo-European *ewerwÇ-, *werwÇ-, *wrÅ«- (“to cover, shelter, defend, guard, shut"). Cognate with Old Saxon wardÅn (“to guard, provide for, protect"), Old English weardian (“to watch, guard, keep"), Old High German wartÄ“n (“to watch, keep, look after"). More at ward.
- From Middle English reward, rewarde, from Anglo-Norman reward (“reward") (compare Old French reguard, whence modern French regard, and also English regard through Middle French), from rewarder (“to reward") (compare Old French reguarder), from re- + warder (“to guard, keep") (compare Old French guarder); the Anglo-Norman forms are derived from Old Northern French variants of Old French, ultimately of Germanic (Frankish) origin. Cf. regard, warden, guard. See more below.