- 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[intransitive, transitive] reap (something) to cut and collect a crop, especially wheat, from a field synonym harvest See related entries: Growing crops 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
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