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a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement:the holiday was a reward for 40 years' service with the company he’s reaping the rewards of his hard work and perseverance figurativethe emotional rewards of being a parent a fair return for good or bad behavior:a slap on the face was his reward for his impudence a sum offered for the detection of a criminal, the restoration of lost property, or the giving of information.
verb [with object]
make a gift of something to (someone) in recognition of their services, efforts, or achievements:the engineer who supervised the work was rewarded with a bonus show one’s appreciation of (an action or quality) by making a gift:an effective organization recognizes and rewards creativity and initiative
) receive what one deserves:their hard work was rewarded by the winning of a five-year contract