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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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  • My mind was reaping benefit from the very struggle fought between the evils which surrounded me.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • For our children's children the joys of reaping, the feast, and the songs of harvest home.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Two men who lived with the Moores were not far away in a field, reaping wheat.

  • They had appropriated Corinth, and were reaping the fruits of their fields at home.

    Agesilaus Xenophon
  • After overcoming every obstacle, he had the satisfaction of reaping the reward of his enterprise.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for reaping


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 reaping



"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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