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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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Examples from the web for reaped
  • Coveted as fertilizer, the dung must be reaped by hand.
  • Thus it seems the birds reaped the benefits of exercise without lifting a wing, so to speak.
  • Not only that but the country as a whole depends on the findings reaped from stem cell research.
  • The happy stockholders have reaped impressive rewards since the company went public three years ago.
  • When the three volumes were concluded, the author again reaped an advantage from his full purse.
  • OF the harvest of tares, sown in iniquity and reaped in wrath, the police returns tell the story.
  • Nor shall half be reaped for nothing by him that sowed no seed.
  • The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown.
  • And, from their malice, he reaped the invaluable advantage of holy patience.
  • The first-fruits which are reaped under a bad system often spring from seed sown under a good one.
British Dictionary definitions for reaped


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 reaped



"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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