verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to reap a crop, harvest, etc.

Origin of reap

before 900; Middle English repen, Old English repan, riopan; cognate with Middle Low German repen to ripple (flax); akin to ripe
Related formsreap·a·ble, adjectiveun·reaped, adjective

Synonyms for reap Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reap

Contemporary Examples of reap

Historical Examples of reap

  • You will need practice to reap the full benefit of my instructions.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Since she had endured so much, why not endure a little longer and reap a dear reward?


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Of these discoveries we are only now beginning to reap the benefit.

  • "But you must remember that after all you are going to reap the benefit of it now," Wrayson remarked.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • She sought to reap advantage from her weakness of body and mind.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for reap



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
Derived Formsreapable, adjective

Word Origin for reap

Old English riopan; related to Norwegian ripa to scratch, Middle Low German repen to card, ripple (flax)
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Word Origin and History for reap

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper