- 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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Contemporary Examples of rewarded
I was once rewarded for some help with a visit to it, and sat in the electric chair for a moment.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Spall was rewarded for his hard work with the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood
October 14, 2014
And young FDR was rewarded with a familiar position in the new administration: Assistant Secretary of the Navy.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
But everyone who attends these ritual gatherings is rewarded in some way.Inside Iran’s Fling With The U.S.
July 4, 2014
He expected to be rewarded for playing the tough guy while firmly establishing himself as a donor-class favorite.Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor
June 11, 2014
Historical Examples of rewarded
This information re-decided Caroline, while it rewarded Evelyn.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Bravest and best of children, I thank Heaven that you are rewarded!'Little Dorrit
For which prevision he was rewarded with a stinging smack on the head.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
And one night it befell that he was rewarded, for the raiders attempted an entrance.The Gentleman From Indiana
A melodious "Thank you," coming as from another being, rewarded me.
- 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 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.