• "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
    "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reward strengthen and support with rewards "Let's reinforce good behavior"
    • v reward act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
    • v reward bestow honor or rewards upon "Today we honor our soldiers","The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
    • n reward an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
    • n reward benefit resulting from some event or action "it turned out to my advantage","reaping the rewards of generosity"
    • n reward the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
    • n reward a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing "the wages of sin is death","virtue is its own reward"
    • n reward payment made in return for a service rendered
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Geirald claims his reward and the queen demands another test Geirald claims his reward and the queen demands another test
Disobedience brings its own reward Disobedience brings its own reward

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A reward of $1,000 was offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of a man robbing taxi drivers. The man turned himself in and demanded the reward as a result. He received a 20 year sentence for aggravated robbery instead.
    • Reward (Law) Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act.
    • Reward Hence, the fruit of one's labor or works. "The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward ."
    • Reward Regard; respect; consideration. "Take reward of thine own value."
    • Reward That which is given in return for good or evil done or received; esp., that which is offered or given in return for some service or attainment, as for excellence in studies, for the return of something lost, etc.; recompense; requital. "Thou returnest
      From flight, seditious angel, to receive
      Thy merited reward ."
      "Rewards and punishments do always presuppose something willingly done well or ill."
    • v. t Reward To give in return, whether good or evil; -- commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate. "After the deed that is done, one doom shall reward ,
      Mercy or no mercy as truth will accord."
      "Thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.""I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.""God rewards those that have made use of the single talent."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reward To mark; regard; observe; notice carefully.
    • reward To look after; watch over; have regard or consideration for.
    • reward To recompense; requite; repay, as for good or evil conduct (commonly in a good sense); remunerate, as for usefulness or merit; compensate.
    • reward To make return for; give a recompense for.
    • reward To give in recompense or return, as for either good or evil.
    • reward To serve as a return or recompense to; be a reward to.
    • reward To serve as return or recompense for.
    • reward To make requital; bestow a return or recompense, especially for meritorious conduct.
    • n reward Notice; heed; consideration; respect; regard.
    • n reward The act of rewarding, or the state of being rewarded; requital, especially for usefulness or merit; remuneration.
    • n reward That which is given in requital of good or evil, especially good; a return; a recompense; commonly, a gift bestowed in recognition of past service or merit; a guerdon.
    • n reward The fruit of one's labor or works; profit; return.
    • n reward A sum of money offered for taking or detecting a criminal, or for the recovery of anything lost.
    • n reward Synonyms Pay, compensation, remuneration, requital, retribution.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reward rē-wawrd′ that which is given in return for good or evil: recompense: retribution: the fruit of one's own labour: regard: requital: remuneration: guerdon: consideration
    • v.t Reward to give in return: to requite, whether good or evil: to punish:
    • v.t Reward (B.) to recompense: to compensate: to notice carefully: to watch over
    • ***


  • Aeschylus
    “The reward of suffering is experience.”
  • George Farquhar
    “Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.”
  • George Allen
    George Allen
    “The tougher the job, the greater the reward.”
  • John Dryden
    “Love is love's reward.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Not many days elapsed before his industry was rewarded by an increase of wages to three times the amount he had previously received.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
As a reward Siegfried receives the hand of Chriemhild.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Who had killed the serpent and earned the reward?
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It cannot be asserted by the human reason that the good will be rewarded, or the bad punished in a future world.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
The service of God, as Luther learnt it from the monks, was a thing of desert and reward.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
His spies have searched every nook and corner of it, their zeal secured by the promise of large rewards.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Your approval, and the reward I look for, will spur me on to acts of valour.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
Kindness to others seldom fails of its reward; and none is so weak that he may not be able in some fashion to repay it.
"Favourite Fables in Prose and Verse" by Various
He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
As a matter of fact, he had been thinking of those rewards.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx

In poetry:

" And I must wander with my song
Far from the young till Love returning,
Brings me the beautiful reward
Of some heart stirred by my long yearning.")
"The Lanawn Shee" by Francis Ledwidge
Thy teacher, then, will take thee there,
And ever watch with tender care,
To guard they way to loftiest aim,
And his reward thy love shall claim.
"To Revenita (05)" by Madge Morris Wagner
It's a lesson awst nivver forget,
An awve bid a gooid-bye to strong drink;
An theyst hev ther reward yo can bet;--
Awst be better when spring comes aw think.
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
With happiness my heart was light,
To see how fair it flew;
To do my good deed I delight,
As grey-haired scouts should do;
Yet oh my bright reward's to write
This simple rhyme for you!
"Old Boy Scout" by Robert W Service
May God's angels
Reward such treason. Say me those words again.
Let the rich blush born of that dear confession
Again dye cheek and brow, and fade and melt
Forever, even as then.
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
Long in her womb th' uneasy load she bore,
And with her blood nine months sustain'd thee there,
Then calm'd thy hunger with her breasts sweet store;
Canst thou enough reward her for such care?
"The Duty Of Children To Their Parents" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Contests With Cash Prizes and Other Rewards Stimulate Innovation in Hard Times.
A select number of Europe's property professionals are about to be rewarded for their excellence.
Lately we've been talking a lot about scholarships that reward you for being good stewards of the earth.
Reward and honor the heroes.
Some rewarding revelry on Fat Tuesday .
"I COT a Fish" Deputies Scott Lauffenburger, Shelby Proctor and Jeanah Carlson reap rewards for capturing tagged fish released by the WCCBI Council on Tourism.
Scott caught the Thompson Terror' with a reward of $200.
Working from home a few days a week has its rewards -- and challenges.
Officials are offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of burglars involved in the theft of 97 weapons from a central Ohio firing range and gun-sales shop.
And the network is likely to be rewarded with the second-best US TV rating for a women's soccer game.
Sometimes soldiers were given alcohol as a reward for hard work or to celebrate victories.
Postal Service offering $100,000 reward for information on ' foaming substance' found in Montgomery mailbox.
China flight crew rewarded for foiling hijackers.
Helping Workers RAISE Themselves Rewarding hard work is central to the American Dream.
Franciscan 's most recent offering, developed with the belief that group learning is particularly fun and rewarding, is a unique team-based winemaking competition.

In science:

While considerations of ‘real space–time’ support the study of such models on lattices such as Ld , it has proved rewarding also to analyse the random-cluster model on certain other graphs including complete graphs and trees.
The Random-Cluster Model
Interpreting rm as a ‘reward’ collected at visit to state m, we can think of bn satisfying (11) as the total expected reward of Qn .
Bernoulli Sieve
Recall that Qn collects reward rm if the chain visits state m.
Bernoulli Sieve
Furthermore, because bΦn is increasing on [0, z ∗ ] the total (modified) reward of R0 over ]0, z ∗ ] is larger than that of R on ]0, (z ∗ − Z0 )+ ].
Bernoulli Sieve
Thus the expected reward of R0 on [z ∗ , ∞] is larger than that of R, up to a term estimated by rJ ν /(2µ2), exactly as above.
Bernoulli Sieve