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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut (wheat, rye, etc.) with a sickle or other implement or a machine, as in harvest.
  2. to gather or take (a crop, harvest, etc.).
  3. to get as a return, recompense, or result: to reap large profits.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to reap a crop, harvest, etc.
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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

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Related Words for reaped

derive, receive, obtain, garner, produce, gain, recover, realize, cull, draw, cut, retrieve, secure, get, profit, acquire, glean, gather, mow, procure

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British Dictionary definitions for reaped


  1. to cut or harvest (a crop), esp corn, from (a field or tract of land)
  2. (tr) to gain or get (something) as a reward for or result of some action or enterprise
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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 reaped



"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.

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