American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To give a reward to or for.
- v. To satisfy or gratify; recompense.
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.
- 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. obsolete, transitive To give (something) as a reward.
- v. transitive To give a reward to or for.
- v. transitive To recompense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To give in return, whether good or evil; -- commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate.
- n. obsolete 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. (Law) Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“-- But however great have been your exertions; however much they have been guided by the precepts of humanity and religion, your public reward has been censure and criticism; but let not such airy weapons damp your ardour for doing good; your _just reward_ is in Heaven, not on earth.”
“The minute I mention the word reward on air, well get hundreds of phony tips.”
“Below that the word reward and the ministry house phone number.”
“This logic is altogether new; we hear the term reward, and therefore are to infer that there is no need of Christ as Mediator, or of faith having access to God for Christ's sake, and not for the sake of our works!”
“Concerning the term reward, very many other remarks might here be made derived from the nature of the Law, which as they are too extensive, must be explained in another connection.”
“We are not agitating an idle logomachy concerning the term reward”
“The reward may come in the form of a terrible self-knowledge, but in fairy tales and in the comedies and melodramas that are their modern counterparts the reward is usually the love of the princess.”
“The recruiter, he said, persuaded him instead to strike in Pakistan, telling him, "the reward is the same.”
“So when an officer risks his own life in protecting the public his reward is a public roasting.”
“When I'm heading east, the reward is the big geyser at Ixtlán de los Hervores.”
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