reap

[ reep ]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. ream,
  2. reamer,
  3. rean,
  4. reanalysis,
  5. reanimate,
  6. reaper,
  7. reaping machine,
  8. reappear,
  9. reappearance,
  10. reapply

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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British Dictionary definitions for reaped

reap

/ (riːp) /

verb

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 reaped

reap

v.

"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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