Reward Definition

rĭ-wôrd
rewarded, rewarding, rewards
noun
rewards
Something given in return for good or, sometimes, evil, or for service or merit.
Webster's New World
A consequence that happens to someone as a result of worthy or unworthy behavior.
The rewards of exercise; the rewards of lying to your boss.
American Heritage
Money offered, as for the capture of a criminal, the return of something lost, etc.
Webster's New World
Compensation; profit.
Webster's New World
A return for correct response to a stimulus.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
rewarded, rewarding, rewards
To give a reward to.
Webster's New World
To give a reward for.
Webster's New World
To serve as a reward to or for.
Webster's New World
Bible, 1 Sam. xxiv. 17
Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
Wiktionary
Decorations are meant to reward the most meritous acts and services.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Reward

Noun

Singular:
reward
Plural:
rewards

Origin of Reward

  • 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 *wardōn (“to guard, keep"), from Proto-Germanic *wardōnÄ… (“to guard, defend"), from Proto-Indo-European *ewerwǝ-, *werwǝ-, *wrÅ«- (“to cover, shelter, defend, guard, shut"). Cognate with Old Saxon wardōn (“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 Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Displaced native Middle English lean (“reward"), from Old English lÄ“an (“reward"); Middle English meed, mede (“reward, meed, recompense"), from Old English mÄ“d (“reward, meed, recompense"); Middle English schipe, schepe (“reward, wage"), from Old English scipe (“wages, payment, reward").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from rewarder to take notice of re- intensive pref. (from Latin re–) (warder to guard, watch over) (of Germanic origin wer-3 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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