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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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  • He reaped his reward of kisses, and went home to sleep the sleep of the just.

  • You have reaped what you have sown, that is all; but you have suffered enough.

  • All of a sudden, on emerging from the thick jungle, we came on a fallow field; the crop had been reaped, and was stacked close by.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • They lay in the dank and chilly dawn as though death had reaped the field.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • On the other hand, I know that the public, and more especially the newcomers, reaped very great benefits from them.

    Reminiscences Hans Mattson
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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