reward

A reward is something you get for a job well done. If you study hard for that vocabulary test, an "A" might be the reward in your future.

You can use reward as a verb, as when the mayor rewards a firefighter who saves a family from a terrible blaze, or as a noun, to talk about the actual payment or item that's given to the firefighter. People often offer a reward for the return of lost or stolen things, like bicycles or jewelry or dogs. Reward meant "a regarding" or "an observation" in the 1300's, but it soon came to mean "repayment for some service."

Definitions of reward
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n a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

“virtue is its own reward
Synonyms:
payoff, wages
Type of:
aftermath, consequence
the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

n payment made in return for a service rendered

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bounty, premium
payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military
honorarium
a fee paid for a nominally free service
blood money
a reward for information about a murderer
guerdon
a reward or payment
meed
a fitting reward
Type of:
payment
a sum of money paid or a claim discharged

n the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property

Types:
price
a monetary reward for helping to catch a criminal
Type of:
offer, offering
something offered (as a proposal or bid)

n benefit resulting from some event or action

“reaping the rewards of generosity”
Synonyms:
advantage
Antonyms:
penalty
the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
Type of:
benefit, welfare
something that aids or promotes well-being

n an act performed to strengthen approved behavior

Synonyms:
reinforcement
Types:
carrot
promise of reward as in "carrot and stick"
Type of:
approval, approving, blessing
the formal act of approving

v bestow honor or rewards upon

“The scout was rewarded for courageous action”
Synonyms:
honor, honour
Antonyms:
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame
bring shame or dishonor upon
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drink, pledge, salute, toast, wassail
propose a toast to
dignify, ennoble
confer dignity or honor upon
decorate
award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
give
propose
Type of:
recognise, recognize
show approval or appreciation of

v strengthen and support with rewards

Synonyms:
reinforce
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

Synonyms:
pay back, repay
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

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