reward

[ ri-wawrd ]
/ rɪˈwɔrd /

noun

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.

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Origin of reward

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English rewarden orig., to regard < Old North French rewarder to look at, variant of Old French reguarder; (noun) Middle English: orig., regard < Anglo-French, Old North French, variant of Old French reguard, derivative of reguarder; see regard

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for rewarded

reward
/ (rɪˈwɔːd) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to give (something) to (someone), esp in gratitude for a service rendered; recompense

Derived forms of reward

rewardable, adjectiverewarder, nounrewardless, adjective

Word Origin for reward

C14: from Old Norman French rewarder to regard, from re- + warder to care for, guard, of Germanic origin; see ward
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Medical definitions for rewarded

reward
[ rĭ-wôrd ]

n.

The return for the performance of a behavior that is desired; a positive reinforcement.

Other words from reward

re•ward v.
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