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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 reaping

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 reaping

reap

v.

"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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