from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A merited reward or recompense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of desert, good or bad (but usually the former); reward; recompense; award.
  • noun A gift; also, a bribe.
  • noun Merit or desert.
  • To reward; bribe.
  • To deserve or merit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To reward; to repay.
  • transitive verb obsolete To deserve; to merit.
  • noun That which is bestowed or rendered in consideration of merit; reward; recompense.
  • noun Merit or desert; worth.
  • noun obsolete A gift; also, a bride.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To reward; bribe.
  • verb transitive To deserve; merit.
  • noun now literary, archaic A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement; reward, deserts; award.
  • noun A gift; bribe.
  • noun obsolete Merit or desert; worth.

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

  • noun a fitting reward


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

[Middle English mede, from Old English mēd; see mizdho- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English meden, from Old English *mēdian ("to reward, bribe"), from Proto-Germanic *mizdōnan (“to meed”), from Proto-Indo-European *mizdʰ- (“to pay”). Cognate with Middle Low German mēden ("to reward"), German mieten ("to reward").

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From Middle English meede, mede, from Old English mēd, meord, meard, meorþ ("meed, reward, pay, price, compensation, bribe"), from Proto-Germanic *mēzdō, *mizdō (“meed”), from Proto-Indo-European *mizdʰ- (“to pay”). Cognate with obsolete Dutch miede ("wages"), Low German mede ("payment, wages, reward"), German Miete ("rent"), Gothic  (mizdo, "meed, reward, payment, recompense"), Old Church Slavonic мьзда (mьzda, "reward").


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