verb (used with object)
to cut (wheat, rye, etc.) with a sickle or other implement or a machine, as in harvest.
to gather or take (a crop, harvest, etc.).
to get as a return, recompense, or result: to reap large profits.
verb (used without object)
to reap a crop, harvest, etc.

before 900; Middle English repen, Old English repan, riopan; cognate with Middle Low German repen to ripple (flax); akin to ripe

reapable, adjective
unreaped, adjective

3. gather, earn, realize, gain, win. Unabridged
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reap (riːp)
1.  to cut or harvest (a crop), esp corn, from (a field or tract of land)
2.  (tr) to gain or get (something) as a reward for or result of some action or enterprise
[Old English riopan; related to Norwegian ripa to scratch, Middle Low German repen to card, ripple (flax)]

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Word Origin & History

"to cut grain with a hook or sickle," O.E. reopan, Mercian form of ripan "to reap," related to O.E. ripe "ripe" (see ripe). Reaper is O.E. ripere, in compound hripemann. Meaning "personification of death" is recorded from 1839.
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