- 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
Synonyms for reward
Examples from the Web for rewarder
Historical Examples of rewarder
He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.The Pursuit of God
A. W. Tozer
He was not only the rewarder of good but the punisher of evil.Greek Sculpture
Estelle M. Hurll
God is to them both, and to them both He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.Santa Teresa
Remember that He is just and holy, and a rewarder of all who diligently seek Him.All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
For he that cometh to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him.
- 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.