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Definition of "reward" []

  • Something given or received in recompense for worthy behavior or in retribution for evil acts. (noun)
  • Money offered or given for some special service, such as the return of a lost article or the capture of a criminal. (noun)
  • A satisfying return or result; profit. (noun)
  • Psychology The return for performance of a desired behavior; positive reinforcement. (noun)
  • To give a reward to or for. (verb-transitive)
  • Something given or received in return for a deed or service rendered (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A sum of money offered, esp for help in finding a criminal or for the return of lost or stolen property (noun)
  • Profit or return (noun)
  • Something received in return for good or evil; deserts (noun)
  • Any pleasant event that follows a response and therefore increases the likelihood of the response recurring in the future (noun)
  • To give (something) to (someone), esp in gratitude for a service rendered; recompense (verb)

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Use "reward" in a sentence
  • "-- But however great have been your exertions; however much they have been guided by the precepts of humanity and religion, your public reward has been censure and criticism; but let not such airy weapons damp your ardour for doing good; your _just reward_ is in Heaven, not on earth."
  • "The minute I mention the word reward on air, well get hundreds of phony tips."
  • "Below that the word reward and the ministry house phone number."