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.
- re·ward·a·ble, adjective
- re·ward·a·ble·ness, noun
- re·ward·a·bly, adverb
- re·ward·er, noun
- re·ward·less, adjective
- mis·re·ward, verb (used with object)
- o·ver·re·ward, verb
- su·per·re·ward, verb (used with object), noun
- un·re·ward·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·ward·ed, adjective
- well-re·ward·ed, adjective
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How to use reward in a sentence
Authorities are cracking down, including posting photos online of people who attended the protests and offering cash rewards for tips.China’s insatiable appetite for control is forcing even its “model minority” to rebel | Isabella Steger | September 4, 2020 | Quartz
Thus some hackers may have obtained public information and tried to claim the rewards, they said.FBI says hackers haven’t stolen any U.S. voter data this year | Aaron Pressman | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
They then used neurocomputational tools to model these brain activity data, and found a link between the brain’s reward circuit and social ones.This Is How Your Brain Responds to Social Influence | Shelly Fan | August 25, 2020 | Singularity Hub
If they match up, the reward error is very low, meaning your brain says that you don’t need to adjust your behavior.This Is How Your Brain Responds to Social Influence | Shelly Fan | August 25, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Our team believes these community benefits can be delivered by structuring a public-private partnership with the city that appropriately balances the costs and rewards of the project.
Under Henry II, Marshal continued to ascend, as the king rewarded his service with land, a wife, and a title.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame | William O’Connor | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was once rewarded for some help with a visit to it, and sat in the electric chair for a moment.
Readers who can get past the odd structure will be richly rewarded.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More | William O’Connor | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bob Hope was the most beloved, honored, and richly rewarded comedian of all time.
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 | Nico Hines | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the end of the campaign the Emperor justly rewarded his lieutenant by creating him Prince of Wagram.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Thomas Sprat, an English prelate and poet, died; he was distinguished as a writer, and rewarded with preferments.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
But its voice was soon stifled, and its children were rewarded for their abnegation by punishment, martyrdom and death.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
I was proud of my début as an arbitrator, especially as it was rewarded by, what seemed to me then, a very handsome fee.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
When I saved her from being crushed beneath the horse's feet, she rewarded me by calling me a miserable Yankee.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for reward
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
- rewardable, adjective
- rewarder, noun
- rewardless, adjective
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