- 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 reap
Indeed, it's unclear what, if any, benefits the average Cuban will reap from increased diplomacy between the two countries.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
From that, Spinal Solutions stood to reap several thousand dollars from the sale of a single screw.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
They are only here to reap the rewards of the American safety net (such as it is) and thereby raise your taxes.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
“Yes, you will find it,” Cosmo assures readers, promising to help them “reap the blissful benefits” upon discovering the region.The Truth About Female Orgasms: Look to the Clitoris, Not the Vagina
October 8, 2014
But if you choose to conduct your discourse in 140-word snaps, or soundbites, then you reap the crop of dumb that you sow.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
You will need practice to reap the full benefit of my instructions.Brave and Bold
Since she had endured so much, why not endure a little longer and reap a dear reward?Dust
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
- 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 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.