• WordNet 3.6
    • v reap gather, as of natural products "harvest the grapes"
    • v reap get or derive "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A man reaps wheat A man reaps wheat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reap A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.
    • Reap To clear of a crop by reaping; as, to reap a field.
    • Reap To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting. "When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field."
    • Reap To deprive of the beard; to shave.
    • Reap To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works; -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to reap a benefit from exertions. "Why do I humble thus myself, and, suing
      For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate?"
    • v. i Reap To perform the act or operation of reaping; to gather a harvest. "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reap To cut with a sickle or other implement or machine; cut down and gather: used specifically of cutting grain: as, to reap wheat or rye.
    • reap To cut a crop of grain, or something likened to such a. crop, from; clear by or as if by reaping.
    • reap Figuratively, to gather in by effort of any kind; obtain as a return or recompense; garner as the fruit of what has been done by one's self or others.
    • reap To perform the act or operation of reaping; cut and gather a harvest.
    • reap Figuratively, to gather the fruit of labor or works; receive a return for what has been done.
    • n reap A sheaf of grain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reap rēp to cut down, as grain: to clear off a crop: to gather by effort: to receive as a reward: to obtain a harvest
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  • Clarissa Graves
    Clarissa Graves
    “What a man sows, that shall he and his relations reap.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.”
  • Robert Collier
    “You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little.”
  • Karl Marx
    “Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Like farmers we need to learn that we cannot sow and reap the same day.”


As you sow, so shall you reap - This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things.
You reap what you sow - This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things. It is normally used when someone has done something bad.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. repen, AS. rīpan, to seize, reap; cf. D. rapen, to glean, reap, G. raufen, to pluck, Goth. raupjan, or E. ripe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rípan, to pluck; Goth. raupjan, Ger. raufen.


In literature:

And, moreover, it was more than a century before the fruits of the system were fully reaped.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
We sow here and we reap yonder.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Everything reaps its own harvest; every act has its own reward.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Dorothea reaped the disapproval of her acquaintances by walking with her admirers in public, unchaperoned.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
But the fruits of this harvest, sown by others, were reaped by the czar.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Both reaped abundant fruit of trouble from this ill-advised policy.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Only thrust in your sickles and reap.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
He believed it right to scorn the appearances of virtue put on only for the purpose of reaping its advantages.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Force your scheme of revenge on the South, and you sow the wind to reap the whirlwind.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Thou knewest that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I strewed not?
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various

In poetry:

Angels saw I to their bowers
Bearing home the sheaves of flowers,
And could hear their anthem swells,
Reaping in the asphodels.
"Yesternight" by Alice Cary
I saw the youth drink again and again—
The rain falls heavy and fast:
I saw the mother's brow furrowed with pain,
She was reaping her harvest at last.
"What I Have Seen #1" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And your sons shall have the reaping,
And your sons shall have the keeping
Of your honour while you’re sleeping,
Freedom’s vanguard, in your graves.
"The Distant Drum" by Henry Lawson
Reap death from thy live lips in one long kiss,
And look my last into thine eyes and rest:
What sweets had life to me sweeter than this
Swift dying on thy breast?
""Cease smilng, Dear! a little while be sad "" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Sweetheart, of the joys men reap
We have reaped; ’tis time to rest.
Why should we wake but to weep?
Sleep and forgetting is best—
These are the flowers of sleep.
"Poppies" by Victor James Daley
The more it blew, the more they faced the gale;
The more it snowed, the more they would not freeze;
And when crops failed on sterile hill and vale--
They went to reap the seas!
"Arms And The Man - The New England Group" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Andy Warhol Foundation reaps $17 million from auction sales.
Doctors Reap Millions for Anemia Drugs.
Bellingham's May May Gong reaps confidence, fun from singing in public.
Marketers design and execute loyalty programs to retain customers, strengthen long-term competitive position, and, of course, reap tangible financial rewards.
North Dakota State is reaping the benefits of the school's first football championship.
Plus, the bead sales usually reap more than $30,000 to support the school.
5 women who have been friends since childhood reap the benefits.
Older Diners Help Panera Serve Up Strong Sales, but Chipotle and McDonald's Aren't Reaping the Gains.
Nats reaping bountiful harvest on the farm.
Give yourself a break from all the heavy lifting and reap the muscle-building benefits of bodyweight exercise.
Cortland ka-ching: Locals reap rewards of Jets stay.
Rockets reap benefits of improved chemistry on offense.
' On the ball ' bosses will reap World Cup reward.
Ryan grad Jackson reaping benefits of adjusted swing.
One of the ideas behind 401(k) retirement accounts is that employees decide how much to save and how to invest and then reap the rewards or losses of their choices.

In science:

Hence, in order to reap the improved error bound benefit of the zero bias method when such can be achieved, we restrict attention to the class of smooth functions.
Stein's method and the zero bias transformation with application to simple random sampling
From the standpoint of the receiver, then, the effective channel that the signal has passed through displays enhanced time or frequency selectivity and thus a diversity advantage can be reaped with appropriate coding and interleaving (cf.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
Under the richer channel model, however, the first signal reaps diversity from time/frequency selectivity and thus the lack of spatial diversity is essentially inconsequential.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
Indeed, we demonstrate on the much studied ZIP code data how the PVM can reap the benefits of a problem-specific metric.
Classification by Set Cover: The Prototype Vector Machine
To reap the full profit of Theorem 4.4, we need one more result, which we formulate next.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net