- affording satisfaction, valuable experience, or the like; worthwhile.
- affording financial or material gain; profitable.
Origin of rewarding
- a sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a criminal, the recovery of lost or stolen property, etc.
- something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc.
- to recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc.
- to make return for or requite (service, merit, etc.); recompense.
Origin of reward
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Examples from the Web for rewarding
That the Globes did this year, rewarding both Rodriguez and the series in Best Comedy, is a pleasant surprise.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
Being in an indie band is running a never-ending, rewarding, scary, low-margin small business.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
It is a cash cow, handed billions by TV networks and rewarding its sponsors with huge ratings and ever growing revenues.The $44 Million Teflon Don of the NFL
November 30, 2014
The days we spent hiking were rewarding for different reasons.Motherless Daughters and Parentless Parents Trek to the Andes to Aid Orphans
August 21, 2014
I had worked in public service before, and it was one of the most rewarding times in my life.Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
August 4, 2014
Then Nuflo would rejoice and feast, rewarding them with the skin, bones, and entrails.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
And then how amply rewarded, and rewarding, by the rapture-causing return!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The marchioness assented, rewarding Chiaccheri with a smile, but I could not do so.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
But, seems to me, mother, that that would be rewarding him for being a naughty boy.Rollo's Experiments
You might think you were rewarding her by marrying her; but you'll find your mistake.The Beth Book
- giving personal satisfaction; gratifyingcaring for the elderly is rewarding
- something given or received in return for a deed or service rendered
- a sum of money offered, esp for help in finding a criminal or for the return of lost or stolen property
- profit or return
- something received in return for good or evil; deserts
- psychol any pleasant event that follows a response and therefore increases the likelihood of the response recurring in the future
- (tr) to give (something) to (someone), esp in gratitude for a service rendered; recompense
Word Origin and History for rewarding
mid-14c., "a regarding, heeding, observation," from Anglo-French and Old North French reward, back-formation from rewarder (see reward (v.)). Meaning "repayment for some service" is from late 14c. Sense of "sum of money in exchange for capture" is from 1590s.
c.1300 "to grant, bestow;" early 14c. "to give as compensation," from Old North French rewarder "to regard, reward," variant of Old French regarder "take notice of, regard, watch over," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + garder "look, heed, watch" (see guard (v.)). Originally any form of requital. A doublet of regard. Related: Rewarded; rewarding.
- The return for the performance of a behavior that is desired; a positive reinforcement.