1. a sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a criminal, the recovery of lost or stolen property, etc.
  2. something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc.
  2. to make return for or requite (service, merit, etc.); recompense.

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
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

Synonyms for reward

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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.

  • 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

    Alexander Whyte

  • Remember that He is just and holy, and a rewarder of all who diligently seek Him.

  • For he that cometh to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him.

British Dictionary definitions for rewarder


  1. something given or received in return for a deed or service rendered
  2. a sum of money offered, esp for help in finding a criminal or for the return of lost or stolen property
  3. profit or return
  4. something received in return for good or evil; deserts
  5. psychol any pleasant event that follows a response and therefore increases the likelihood of the response recurring in the future
  1. (tr) to give (something) to (someone), esp in gratitude for a service rendered; recompense
Derived Formsrewardable, 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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Word Origin and History for rewarder



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.

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rewarder in Medicine


  1. The return for the performance of a behavior that is desired; a positive reinforcement.
Related formsre•ward v.
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