- a sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a criminal, the recovery of lost or stolen property, etc.
- something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc.
- to recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc.
- to make return for or requite (service, merit, etc.); recompense.
Origin of reward
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Examples from the Web for reward
For instance, Best Buy has over 40 million members in its customer loyalty program, Reward Zone.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
Their reward: what is possibly the most infuriating series finale of the new millennium.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
Still images of each will be released today and a reward will be posted for information leading to their arrest.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
The $50,000 reward means a weapon was brandished to either the customers or the employees.
When it comes to setting up a reward, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service considers “$50,000 commonplace.”
I asked him what reward the Helots had for bravery or virtue.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
On the fourth and fifth days, however, he had the reward for his caution.
And the great size of the reward was the very thing that kept him safe.
Because they won't figure that any man would toss up that reward.
It asserts that we have the right to choice of our own work and to the reward of our own toil.
- something given or received in return for a deed or service rendered
- a sum of money offered, esp for help in finding a criminal or for the return of lost or stolen property
- profit or return
- something received in return for good or evil; deserts
- psychol any pleasant event that follows a response and therefore increases the likelihood of the response recurring in the future
- (tr) to give (something) to (someone), esp in gratitude for a service rendered; recompense
Word Origin and History for reward
mid-14c., "a regarding, heeding, observation," from Anglo-French and Old North French reward, back-formation from rewarder (see reward (v.)). Meaning "repayment for some service" is from late 14c. Sense of "sum of money in exchange for capture" is from 1590s.
c.1300 "to grant, bestow;" early 14c. "to give as compensation," from Old North French rewarder "to regard, reward," variant of Old French regarder "take notice of, regard, watch over," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + garder "look, heed, watch" (see guard (v.)). Originally any form of requital. A doublet of regard. Related: Rewarded; rewarding.
- The return for the performance of a behavior that is desired; a positive reinforcement.