- 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 reaping
Privilege can be a hard concept to get a handle on, especially for those who are immersed in it and reaping the benefits.What Is Privilege?
The Daily Beast Video
December 11, 2014
Hütter acknowledges that Kraftwerk are now reaping the benefits of time having caught up with them.Kraftwerk Speak: The German Electropop Act Discuss ‘Autobahn,’ Technology, and Hint at New Album
April 29, 2014
Its prescient move to develop the Android operating system is reaping benefits, as it dominates the smartphone market.Yahoo! and Twitter Results Show Difficulties of Online Advertising Business
October 16, 2013
Holding worker costs down and reaping the gains of a booming stock is what CEOs do, and American CEOs are very good at it.The SEC Can’t Make CEOs Care About Their Employees
September 19, 2013
Apple is reaping the benefits of being a massive company with a supply-chain specialist, Tim Cook, at the helm.Apple’s Earnings Show the Company Is Still Thriving
July 23, 2013
After overcoming every obstacle, he had the satisfaction of reaping the reward of his enterprise.Self-Help
For our children's children the joys of reaping, the feast, and the songs of harvest home.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
They had appropriated Corinth, and were reaping the fruits of their fields at home.Agesilaus
But, not to interrupt you further (I continued), after sowing, naturally we hope to come to reaping.The Economist
It was the community which decided when the sowing and when the reaping should take place.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
- 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 reaping
"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.