[ reep ]
See synonyms for: reapreapedreaping on

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.).

  1. to get as a return, recompense, or result: to reap large profits.

verb (used without object)
  1. 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

Other words for reap

Other words from reap

  • reap·a·ble, adjective
  • un·reaped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reap in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reap


/ (riːp) /

  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

Origin of reap

Old English riopan; related to Norwegian ripa to scratch, Middle Low German repen to card, ripple (flax)

Derived forms of reap

  • reapable, adjective

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