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Definition of reward noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    reward

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    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪˈwɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈwɔːrd//
     
     
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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 behaviour You deserve a reward for being so helpful. Winning the match was just reward for the effort the team had made. The company is now reaping the rewards of their investments.
  2. 2  [countable] an amount of money that is offered to somebody for helping the police to find a criminal or for finding something that is lost A £100 reward has been offered for the return of the necklace.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French reguard ‘regard, heed’, also an early sense of the English word.Extra examples Hard work usually brings its own rewards. It was a poor reward for years of devoted service. The look on her face when I told her was reward enough. There is a reward for information leading to an arrest. Top athletes enjoy rich rewards. Victory brought glory as well as more tangible rewards. Virtue is its own reward. We are just starting to reap the rewards of careful long-term planning. You deserve a reward for all your efforts. a reward for hard work rewards for employees who do their jobs well A $100 reward has been offered for the return of the necklace. At last we are getting the reward for our hard work. The company has put up a reward of £25 000 for information. The reward for setting off early is seeing dawn break over the mountains. Winning the match was just reward for the effort the team made. You should not bribe the child to work through material rewards.Idioms
    virtue is its own reward
     
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    (saying) 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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