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.
verb (used with object)
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
1275–1325; (v.) Middle Englishrewarden orig., to regard < Old North Frenchrewarder to look at, variant of Old Frenchreguarder; (noun) Middle English: orig., regard < Anglo-French,Old North French, variant of Old Frenchreguard, derivative of reguarder; see regard
Related formsre·ward·a·ble, adjectivere·ward·a·ble·ness, nounre·ward·a·bly, adverbre·ward·er, nounre·ward·less, adjectivemis·re·ward, verb (used with object)o·ver·re·ward, verbsu·per·re·ward, verb (used with object), nounun·re·ward·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·ward·ed, adjectivewell-re·ward·ed, adjective
2. Reward,prize,recompense imply something given in return for good. A reward is something given or done in return for good (or, more rarely, evil) received; it may refer to something abstract or concrete: a $50 reward; Virtue is its own reward.Prize refers to something concrete offered as a reward of merit, or to be contested for and given to the winner: to win a prize for an essay. A recompense is something given or done, whether as reward or punishment, for acts performed, services rendered, etc.; or it may be something given in compensation for loss or injury suffered, etc.: Renown was his principal recompense for years of hard work.
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.