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Definition of reward noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    reward

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//rɪˈwɔrd//
     
     
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a thing that you are given because you have done something good, worked hard, etc. a financial reward reward (for something/for doing something) a reward for good behavior You deserve a reward for being so helpful. Winning the game was just reward for the effort the team made. The company is now reaping the rewards of their investments.
  2. 2 [countable] an amount of money that is offered to someone for helping the police to find a criminal or for finding something that is lost A $500 reward has been offered for the return of the necklace.
  3. Idioms
    virtue is its own reward (saying)
     
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    the reward for acting in a moral or correct way is the knowledge that you have done so, and you should not expect more than this, for example praise from other people or payment
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