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English noun: reward

1. reward (event) a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

SamplesThe wages of sin is death.
Virtue is its own reward.

Synonymspayoff, wages

Broader (hypernym)aftermath, consequence

2. reward (possession) payment made in return for a service rendered

Broader (hypernym)payment

Narrower (hyponym)blood money, bounty, guerdon, honorarium, meed, premium

3. reward (act) an act performed to strengthen approved behavior


Broader (hypernym)approval, approving, blessing

Narrower (hyponym)carrot

4. reward (communication) the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property

Broader (hypernym)offer, offering

Narrower (hyponym)price

5. reward (attribute) benefit resulting from some event or action

SamplesIt turned out to my advantage.
Reaping the rewards of generosity.


Broader (hypernym)benefit, welfare


English verb: reward

1. reward (social) bestow honor or rewards upon

SamplesToday we honor our soldiers.
The scout was rewarded for courageous action.

Synonymshonor, honour

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)recognise, recognize

Narrower (hyponym)decorate, dignify, drink, ennoble, pledge, salute, toast, wassail

Antonymsattaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame

2. reward (communication) strengthen and support with rewards

SamplesLet's reinforce good behavior.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach

3. reward (possession) act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

Synonymspay back, repay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

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