v. reaped, reap·ing, reaps
a. To cut (grain or pulse) for harvest with a scythe, sickle, or reaper.
b. To harvest (a crop).
c. To harvest a crop from: reaping a field.
2. To obtain as a result of effort: She reaped large profits from her unique invention.
1. To cut or harvest grain or pulse.
2. To obtain a return or reward.
[Middle English repen, from Old English rīpan.]
Synonyms: reap, garner, gather, glean, harvest
These verbs mean to collect: reaped what he sowed; garner compliments; gathering reviews of the book; glean information; harvested rich rewards.
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