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[reep] /rip/
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.
Origin of reap
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
3. gather, earn, realize, gain, win. Unabridged
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  • I had laid my plans carefully, and I had expected to reap a nice harvest.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • You will need practice to reap the full benefit of my instructions.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Thou art desirous to know what advantage I reap by my uncle's demise.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Since she had endured so much, why not endure a little longer and reap a dear reward?

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The company consists principally of Baltimoreans, who will reap a harvest commensurate with the capital invested.

British Dictionary definitions for reap


to cut or harvest (a crop), esp corn, from (a field or tract of land)
(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

"to cut grain with a hook or sickle," Old English reopan, Mercian form of ripan "to reap," related to Old English ripe "ripe" (see ripe). Related: Reaped; reaping.

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