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REWARD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reward mean? 

REWARD (noun)
  The noun REWARD has 5 senses:

1. a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
2. payment made in return for a service rendered
3. an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
4. the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
5. benefit resulting from some event or action

  Familiarity information: REWARD used as a noun is common.


REWARD (verb)
  The verb REWARD has 3 senses:

1. bestow honor or rewards upon
2. strengthen and support with rewards
3. act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

  Familiarity information: REWARD used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REWARD (noun)


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Meaning:

A recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

reward; wages; payoff

Context examples:

the wages of sin is death / virtue is its own reward

Hypernyms ("reward" is a kind of...):

aftermath; consequence (the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual)


Sense 2reward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Payment made in return for a service rendered

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("reward" is a kind of...):

payment (a sum of money paid)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reward"):

meed (a fitting reward)

guerdon (a reward or payment)

blood money (a reward for information about a murderer)

honorarium (a fee paid for a nominally free service)

bounty; premium (payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military)


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Meaning:

An act performed to strengthen approved behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reward; reinforcement

Hypernyms ("reward" is a kind of...):

approval; approving; blessing (the formal act of approving)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reward"):

carrot (promise of reward as in)


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Meaning:

The offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("reward" is a kind of...):

offer; offering (something offered (as a proposal or bid))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reward"):

price (a monetary reward for helping to catch a criminal)


Sense 5reward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Benefit resulting from some event or action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

advantage; reward

Context examples:

it turned out to my advantage / reaping the rewards of generosity

Hypernyms ("reward" is a kind of...):

benefit; welfare (something that aids or promotes well-being)

Antonym:

penalty (the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition)


REWARD (verb)


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Meaning:

Bestow honor or rewards upon

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

honor; honour; reward

Context examples:

Today we honor our soldiers / The scout was rewarded for courageous action

Hypernyms (to "reward" is one way to...):

recognise; recognize (show approval or appreciation of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "reward"):

drink; pledge; salute; toast; wassail (propose a toast to)

dignify; ennoble (confer dignity or honor upon)

decorate (award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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Meaning:

Strengthen and support with rewards

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

reinforce; reward

Context example:

Let's reinforce good behavior

Hypernyms (to "reward" is one way to...):

instruct; learn; teach (impart skills or knowledge to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3reward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

pay back; repay; reward

Hypernyms (to "reward" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody with something


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