1. a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing;
- Example: "the wages of sin is death"
- Example: "virtue is its own reward"
[syn: wages, reward, payoff]
2. payment made in return for a service rendered;
3. an act performed to strengthen approved behavior;
[syn: reward, reinforcement]
4. the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property;
5. benefit resulting from some event or action;
- Example: "it turned out to my advantage"
- Example: "reaping the rewards of generosity"
[syn: advantage, reward]
1. bestow honor or rewards upon;
- Example: "Today we honor our soldiers"
- Example: "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
[syn: honor, honour, reward]
2. strengthen and support with rewards;
- Example: "Let's reinforce good behavior"
[syn: reinforce, reward]
3. act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions;
[syn: reward, repay, pay back]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reward \Re*ward"\, n. [See Reward, v., and cf. Regard, n.] 1. Regard; respect; consideration. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Take reward of thine own value. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Thou returnest From flight, seditious angel, to receive Thy merited reward. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Rewards and punishments do always presuppose something willingly done well or ill. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, the fruit of one's labor or works. [1913 Webster] The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward. --Eccl. ix. 5. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] Syn: Recompense; compensation; remuneration; pay; requital; retribution; punishment. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reward \Re*ward"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rewarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Rewarding.] [OF. rewarder, another form of regarder, of German origin. The original sense is, to look at, regard, hence, to regard as worthy, give a reward to. See Ward, Regard.] To give in return, whether good or evil; -- commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate. [1913 Webster] After the deed that is done, one doom shall reward, Mercy or no mercy as truth will accord. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. --1 Sam. xxiv. 17. [1913 Webster] I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. --Deut. xxxii. 41. [1913 Webster] God rewards those that have made use of the single talent. --Hammond. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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