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

  

reward

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈwɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈwɔːrd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reward
BrE BrE//rɪˈwɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈwɔːrd//
 
he / she / it rewards
BrE BrE//rɪˈwɔːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈwɔːrdz//
 
past simple rewarded
BrE BrE//rɪˈwɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈwɔːrdɪd//
 
past participle rewarded
BrE BrE//rɪˈwɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈwɔːrdɪd//
 
-ing form rewarding
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdɪŋ//
 
 
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 [often passive] to give something to somebody because they have done something good, worked hard, etc. reward somebody for something She was rewarded for her efforts with a cash bonus. reward somebody for doing something He rewarded us handsomely (= with a lot of money) for helping him. reward somebody with something She started singing to the baby and was rewarded with a smile. reward somebody/something Our patience was finally rewarded. After a steep climb you will be rewarded by magnificent views from the summit. 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 Good behaviour should always be rewarded. He was duly rewarded for his outstanding contribution to the arts. Her efforts were justly rewarded with a British Empire Medal. Her efforts were rewarded with a medal. The rats are rewarded with food when they press the lever. We must make sure that effort is properly rewarded. You will be handsomely rewarded for your loyalty. highly rewarded occupations After a steep climb you will be rewarded by magnficent views from the summit. He rewarded us handsomely for helping him. Se was rewarded for her efforts with a cash bonus.
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