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Definition of reap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    reap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//riːp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reap
    BrE BrE//riːp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːp//
     
    he / she / it reaps
    BrE BrE//riːps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːps//
     
    past simple reaped
    BrE BrE//riːpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːpt//
     
    past participle reaped
    BrE BrE//riːpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːpt//
     
    -ing form reaping
    BrE BrE//ˈriːpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːpɪŋ//
     
    Growing crops
     
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  1. 1[transitive] reap something to obtain something, especially something good, as a direct result of something that you have done They are now reaping the rewards of all their hard work.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] reap (something) to cut and collect a crop, especially wheat, from a field synonym harvest See related entries: Growing crops
  3. Word Origin Old English ripan, reopan, of unknown origin.Idioms (British English) to benefit or suffer as a direct result of something that you have done (saying) you have to deal with the bad effects or results of something that you originally started
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