- to cut (wheat, rye, etc.) with a sickle or other implement or a machine, as in harvest.
- to gather or take (a crop, harvest, etc.).
- to get as a return, recompense, or result: to reap large profits.
- to reap a crop, harvest, etc.
Origin of reap
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Examples from the Web for reaped
This 16 percent, known as the “cut,” is colorless in nature, and it is “reaped” with a typical alcohol content of 69.8 percent.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
LGBT people have reaped enormous rewards because of this widespread change of opinion.Meet the Young, Evangelical, Pro-Gay Movement
September 21, 2014
Some House members, too, reaped riches from lobbyist-bundlers.Senate Democrats Snag Campaign Cash From Lobbyist-Bundlers
June 16, 2014
In the second quarter (PDF), Tesla reaped $51 million, or 13 percent of its revenues, from such sales.Tesla Wins Even When It’s Losing
November 11, 2013
This lifestyle was accessible without power, but it's unlikely she would have reaped its benefits.A World Without Electricity
January 24, 2013
As he made his way forward, he reaped a portion of the Devil's promised fame.Quaint Courtships
Two crops may be reaped from the same plant; but the second is poor if it be not flooded.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
The sun is still warm, but the waters of the lake are grey and all the fields are reaped.The Great Hunger
You have reaped what you have sown, that is all; but you have suffered enough.
Nina had been a great success in society, and she reaped the full benefit of it.Lord Kilgobbin
- to cut or harvest (a crop), esp corn, from (a field or tract of land)
- (tr) to gain or get (something) as a reward for or result of some action or enterprise
Word Origin and History for reaped
"to cut grain with a hook or sickle," Old English reopan, Mercian form of ripan "to reap," related to Old English ripe "ripe" (see ripe). Related: Reaped; reaping.