Definitions for: Reward


[n] an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
[n] benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"
[n] the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
[n] a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing; "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward"
[n] payment made in return for a service rendered
[v] strengthen and support with rewards; "Let's reinforce good behavior"
[v] act or give something in recognition of someone's behavior
[v] show appreciation to; "He remembered her in his will"
[v] bestow a reward upon; "The boy scout was rewarded for his courageous action"
[v] bestow honor upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*ward", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rewarded; p. pr. & vb.
n. Rewarding.] [OF. rewarder, another form of regarder, of
German origin. The original sense is, to look at, regard,
hence, to regard as worthy, give a reward to. See Ward,
Regard.]
To give in return, whether good or evil; -- commonly in a
good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to
compensate.

After the deed that is done, one doom shall reward,
Mercy or no mercy as truth will accord. --Piers
Plowman.

Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded
thee evil. --1 Sam. xxiv.
17.

I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will
reward them that hate me. --Deut. xxxii.
41.

God rewards those that have made use of the single
talent. --Hammond.


Re*ward", n. [See Reward, v., and cf. Regard, n.]
1. Regard; respect; consideration. [Obs.]

Take reward of thine own value. --Chaucer.

2. That which is given in return for good or evil done or
received; esp., that which is offered or given in return
for some service or attainment, as for excellence in
studies, for the return of something lost, etc.;
recompense; requital.

Thou returnest From flight, seditious angel, to
receive Thy merited reward. --Milton.

Rewards and punishments do always presuppose
something willingly done well or ill. --Hooker.

3. Hence, the fruit of one's labor or works.

The dead know not anything, neither have they any
more a reward. --Eccl. ix. 5.

4. (Law) Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of
money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some
act. --Burrill.

Syn: Recompense; compensation; remuneration; pay; requital;
retribution; punishment.

Synonyms: advantage, honor, honour, pay back, payoff, reinforce, reinforcement, remember, repay, wages

Antonyms: attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, penalise, penalize, penalty, punish, shame

See Also: act, aftermath, approval, approve, approving, award, benefit, bequeath, blessing, blood money, bounty, carrot, consequence, dignify, drink, ennoble, guerdon, honorarium, instruct, learn, leave, meed, move, O.K., offer, offering, okay, payment, pledge, premium, price, recognise, recognize, salute, sanction, teach, toast, wassail, welfare, will

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