Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old North French
Origin: rewarder 'to regard, reward', from warder 'to watch, guard'


2 verb
reward2 [transitive]
1 to give something to someone because they have done something good or helpful or have worked for it [↪ award]
reward somebody with something
The club's directors rewarded him with a free season ticket.
reward somebody for (doing) something
She wanted to reward the cleaners for their efforts.
He gave the children some chocolate to reward them for behaving well.

be rewarded (with something)

to achieve something through hard work and effort:
The team have worked hard and their efforts have been rewarded with success.
Finally, Molly's patience was rewarded.

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