Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something given or received in recompense for worthy behavior or in retribution for evil acts.
  • n. Money offered or given for some special service, such as the return of a lost article or the capture of a criminal.
  • n. A satisfying return or result; profit.
  • n. Psychology The return for performance of a desired behavior; positive reinforcement.
  • transitive v. To give a reward to or for.
  • transitive v. To satisfy or gratify; recompense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something of value given in return for an act.
  • n. A prize promised for a certain deed or catch
  • n. The result of an action, whether good or bad.
  • v. To give (something) as a reward.
  • v. To give a reward to or for.
  • v. To recompense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Regard; respect; consideration.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Hence, the fruit of one's labor or works.
  • n. Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act.
  • transitive v. To give in return, whether good or evil; -- commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark; regard; observe; notice carefully.
  • To look after; watch over; have regard or consideration for.
  • To recompense; requite; repay, as for good or evil conduct (commonly in a good sense); remunerate, as for usefulness or merit; compensate.
  • To make return for; give a recompense for.
  • To give in recompense or return, as for either good or evil.
  • To serve as a return or recompense to; be a reward to.
  • To serve as return or recompense for.
  • To make requital; bestow a return or recompense, especially for meritorious conduct.
  • n. Notice; heed; consideration; respect; regard.
  • n. The act of rewarding, or the state of being rewarded; requital, especially for usefulness or merit; remuneration.
  • n. That which is given in requital of good or evil, especially good; a return; a recompense; commonly, a gift bestowed in recognition of past service or merit; a guerdon.
  • n. The fruit of one's labor or works; profit; return.
  • n. A sum of money offered for taking or detecting a criminal, or for the recovery of anything lost.
  • n. Synonyms Pay, compensation, remuneration, requital, retribution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bestow honor or rewards upon
  • n. an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
  • n. a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
  • v. strengthen and support with rewards
  • n. the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
  • v. act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
  • n. payment made in return for a service rendered
  • n. benefit resulting from some event or action

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from rewarder, to take notice of : re-, intensive pref. (from Latin; see re- + warder, to guard, watch over of Germanic origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
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 *wardōnan (“to guard, defend”), from Proto-Indo-European *ewerwǝ-, *werwǝ-, *wrū- (“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 wartēn ("to watch, keep, look after"). More at ward. (Wiktionary)

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