I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French regarder, rewarder to look back at, regard, care for, recompense — more at regard Date: 14th century 1. to give a reward to or for 2. recompenserewardable adjectiverewarder noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. something that is given in return for good or evil done or received or that is offered or given for some service or attainment <
the police offered a reward for his capture
2. a stimulus administered to an organism following a correct or desired response that increases the probability of occurrence of the response

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • reward — [ri wôrd′] n. [ME < NormFr, for OFr regarde] 1. something given in return for good or, sometimes, evil, or for service or merit 2. money offered, as for the capture of a criminal, the return of something lost, etc. 3. compensation; profit 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Reward — Re*ward , n. [See {Reward}, v., and cf. {Regard}, n.] 1. Regard; respect; consideration. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Take reward of thine own value. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is given in return for good or evil done or received; esp., that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reward — Re*ward , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rewarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rewarding}.] [OF. rewarder, another form of regarder, of German origin. The original sense is, to look at, regard, hence, to regard as worthy, give a reward to. See {Ward}, {Regard}.] To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reward — I noun acknowledgment, award, benefit, bonus, booty, bounty, compensation, consideration, donation, emolument, fee, gift, grant, gratuity, guerdon, honorarium, incentive, indemnification, indemnity, meed, pay, payment, perquisite, praemium… …   Law dictionary

  • reward — ► NOUN 1) a thing given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement. 2) a fair return for good or bad behaviour. 3) a sum offered for the detection of a criminal, the restoration of lost property, etc. ► VERB 1) give a reward to. 2) show… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Reward —   (Belohnung): Lohn und Strafe …   Universal-Lexikon

  • reward — n *premium, prize, award, meed, guerdon, bounty, bonus …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reward — ▪ I. reward re‧ward 1 [rɪˈwɔːd ǁ ˈwɔːrd] noun 1. [countable] something that you receive because you have done something good or helpful: reward for • Officials were often posted abroad as a reward for loyal service. 2. [countable, uncountable]… …   Financial and business terms

  • reward — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 for effort, etc. ADJECTIVE ▪ great, high, huge, rich ▪ Top athletes enjoy rich rewards. ▪ fitting, just …   Collocations dictionary

  • reward */*/ — I UK [rɪˈwɔː(r)d] / US [rɪˈwɔrd] noun Word forms reward : singular reward plural rewards 1) [countable/uncountable] something good that happens or that you receive because of something that you have done reward for: Rewards for appropriate… …   English dictionary

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