Other forms: rewarded; rewards; rewarding

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
  1. noun
    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
    “virtue is its own reward
    synonyms: payoff, wages
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    aftermath, consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
  2. noun
    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
    a fee paid for a nominally free service
    blood money
    a reward for information about a murderer
    a reward or payment
    a fitting reward
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    a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
  3. noun
    the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
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    a monetary reward for helping to catch a criminal
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    offer, offering
    something offered (as a proposal or bid)
  4. noun
    benefit resulting from some event or action
    “reaping the rewards of generosity”
    synonyms: advantage
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    the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
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    benefit, welfare
    something that aids or promotes well-being
  5. noun
    an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
    synonyms: reinforcement
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    promise of reward as in "carrot and stick"
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    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
  6. verb
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    “The scout was rewarded for courageous action”
    synonyms: honor, honour
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    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
    award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
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    recognise, recognize
    show approval or appreciation of
  7. verb
    strengthen and support with rewards
    synonyms: reinforce
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    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  8. verb
    act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
    synonyms: pay back, repay
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)




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