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Definition of rewarding adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rewarding

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdɪŋ//
     
    Describing work
     
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  1. 1(of an activity, etc.) worth doing; that makes you happy because you think it is useful or important a rewarding experience/job Synonymssatisfyingrewarding pleasing gratifying fulfillingThese words all describe an experience, activity or fact that gives you pleasure because it provides something you need or want.satisfying that gives you pleasure because it provides something you need or want:It’s satisfying to play a game really well.rewarding (of an experience or activity) that makes you happy because you think it is useful or important; worth doing:Nursing can be a very rewarding career.pleasing (rather formal) that gives you pleasure, especially to look at, hear or think about:It was a simple but pleasing design.gratifying (formal) that gives you pleasure, especially because it makes you feel that you have done well:It is gratifying to see such good results.fulfilling (of an experience or activity) that makes you happy, because it makes you feel your skills and talents are being used:I’m finding the work much more fulfilling now.satisfying, rewarding or fulfilling? Almost any experience, important or very brief, can be satisfying. Rewarding and fulfilling are used more for longer, more serious activities, such as jobs or careers. Satisfying and fulfilling are more about your personal satisfaction or happiness; rewarding is more about your sense of doing something important and being useful to others.Patterns a satisfying/​rewarding/​gratifying/​fulfilling experience/​feeling (a) satisfying/​rewarding/​fulfilling job/​career/​work to find something satisfying/​rewarding/​pleasing/​gratifying See related entries: Describing work
  2. 2producing a lot of money synonym profitable Teaching is not very financially rewarding (= is not very well paid).
  3. opposite unrewarding
    Extra examples I found it immensely rewarding working with the less able children. a mutually rewarding partnership a satisfying as well as a financially rewarding career Nursing can be a very rewarding career. Teaching is not very financially rewarding.
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