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reap

[reep] /rip/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut (wheat, rye, etc.) with a sickle or other implement or a machine, as in harvest.
2.
to gather or take (a crop, harvest, etc.).
3.
to get as a return, recompense, or result:
to reap large profits.
verb (used without object)
4.
to reap a crop, harvest, etc.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English repen, Old English repan, riopan; cognate with Middle Low German repen to ripple (flax); akin to ripe
Related forms
reapable, adjective
unreaped, adjective
Synonyms
3. gather, earn, realize, gain, win.
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British Dictionary definitions for reap

reap

/riːp/
verb
1.
to cut or harvest (a crop), esp corn, from (a field or tract of land)
2.
(transitive) to gain or get (something) as a reward for or result of some action or enterprise
Derived Forms
reapable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English riopan; related to Norwegian ripa to scratch, Middle Low German repen to card, ripple (flax)
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Word Origin and History for reap
reap
"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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