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1 a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing; "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward" [syn: wages, payoff]
2 payment made in return for a service rendered
3 an act performed to strengthen approved behavior [syn: reinforcement]
4 the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
5 benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity" [syn: advantage] [ant: penalty]


1 bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageus action" [syn: honor, honour] [ant: dishonor]
2 strengthen and support with rewards; "Let's reinforce good behavior" [syn: reinforce]
3 act or give recompensation in recognition of someone's behavior or actions [syn: repay, pay back]

User Contributed Dictionary




From Old North French reward, from reguard (regard).


  1. Something of value given in return for an act.
    For catching the thief, you'll get a nice reward.
  2. The result of an action, whether good or bad.
    Is this the reward I get for telling the truth: to be put in jail?


something of value given in return for an act
  • Arabic: (mukāfa’a) , (jazā’)
  • Chinese: 報酬, 报酬 (bàochóu)
  • Czech: odměna
  • Dutch: beloning
  • Finnish: palkkio
  • French: récompense
  • German: Belohnung
  • Greek: ανταμοιβή (antamoiví)
  • Hungarian: jutalom
  • Italian: ricompensa
  • Japanese: 報酬
  • Korean: 보수 (bosu)
  • Portuguese: recompensa
  • Russian: награда (nagráda) , вознаграждение (voznagražd'énije) , премия (pr'émija)
  • Spanish: recompensa
  • Swedish: belöning
result of an action
  • Czech: odměna
  • Japanese: 報い
  • Russian: награда
Translations to be categorised


  1. To give a reward to.
    Why are you rewarding the child for misbehaving?

Derived terms


give a reward to

Extensive Definition

A reward may refer to:
In music:

See also

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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