- 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.
- Money offered or given for some special service, such as the return of a lost article or the capture of a criminal.
- A satisfying return on investment; a profit.
- Psychology The return for performance of a desired behavior; positive reinforcement.
transitive verbre·ward·ed, re·ward·ing, re·wards
To give a reward to or for.
Origin of reward
Middle English from
Anglo-Norman from rewarder to take notice of re- intensive pref.
Latin; see re-
. ) ( warder to guard, watch over
) ( of Germanic origin
; see wer-3
in Indo-European roots.)
- Something of value given in return for an act.
- For catching the thief, you'll get a nice reward.
- A prize promised for a certain deed or catch
- The rewards for bringing in badly wanted criminals are printed on 'dead or alive' posters
- The result of an action, whether good or bad.
- Is this the reward I get for telling the truth: to be put in jail?
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.
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").
(third-person singular simple present rewards, present participle rewarding, simple past and past participle rewarded)
- Bible, 1 Sam. xxiv. 17
- Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
- To give a reward to or for.
- Why are you rewarding the child for misbehaving?
- To recompense.
- Decorations are meant to reward the most meritous acts and services
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.