- 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 unrewarded
Had they ever reflected on the heroism of women, on their self-denying, unrewarded labour?The Christian
For several minutes as they rushed from room to room the hunt was unrewarded.
The wives of the farm are the unnamed, unrewarded heroines of the border.A Daughter of the Middle Border
Then she went into some of the other class rooms, but her search was unrewarded.Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School
Jessie Graham Flower
There must have been a loss of economic power so that labor was unrewarded.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
- not having received any reward or advantages
- 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 unrewarded
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.