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"reward" in British English

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rewardnoun [C]

uk   /rɪˈwɔːd/  us   /-ˈwɔːrd/
B1 something given in ​exchange for good ​behaviour or good ​work, etc.: There's a reward for whoever ​finishes first. The rewards of ​motherhoodoutweigh the ​anguish.B1 an ​amount of ​money given to someone who ​helps the ​police or who ​helps to ​returnstolenproperty to ​itsowner: The ​policeoffered a reward for any ​information about the ​robbery.

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rewardverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈwɔːd/  us   /-ˈwɔːrd/
B2 to give someone a reward: The ​company rewarded him for his ​years of ​service with a ​grandfarewellparty and several ​presents. All his hard ​work was rewarded (= was made ​worth it) when he ​saw his ​book in ​print.formal He rewarded ​theirkindness withhostility and ​contempt.

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(Definition of reward from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rewardnoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪˈwɔrd/
something given in ​exchange for a ​usefulidea, good ​behavior, ​excellentwork, etc.: [U] Students hoped for more reward than an ​announcement in the ​schoolpaper of ​theirachievement. [C] The rewards (= ​benefits) of ​motherhoodoutweigh the ​difficulties. A reward is also an ​amount of ​money given to someone who gives ​information about a ​crime to the ​police or who ​helps to ​returnlost or ​stolenproperty to ​itsowner.
reward
verb [T]  us   /rɪˈwɔrd/
He was rewarded for his ​bravery with a ​medal from the ​president.
(Definition of reward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reward" in Business English

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rewardnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈwɔːd/
[C or U] WORKPLACE, HR an ​advantage, for ​example more ​money or a better ​job, that someone receives if they are ​successful, ​work hard, etc.: To ​compete with bigger ​players, ​smallfirms will need to ​share more of the ​risk and reward of the new ​market with ​partners. Two ​firms each received £20,000 as a reward for their continued ​participation in the car-sharing ​scheme. Achieving ​targets has become an ​increasingly significant ​component of ​management incentives and rewards.a reward for sth In a ​performanceculture, you need to ​letemployees know there is a reward for high ​performance.receive/get/collect a reward Salespeople who are ​willing to ​worklongerhours will receive significant rewards.win/earn a reward The ​companywon a reward for ​developing the ​successfulpatent.provide/offer a reward Providing rewards to an entire ​group instead of to ​individuals can be an ​effective way to encourage ​positivegroupdynamics.
[C, usually plural, or U] money that someone ​earns for doing a ​job, especially when this is a very large ​amount: financial/​economic/​monetary rewards big/huge/generous rewardsreap/receive/earn rewards The ​link between ​corporateperformance and the ​big rewards ​reaped by ​directors should be more ​transparent.provide/offer a reward Most securities ​fraudcasesoffer too little reward for ​privateattorneys to ​pursue.
[C or U] STOCK MARKET, FINANCE money that is ​earned from ​successfulinvestments: Some of these ​funds are high ​risk, but the ​potential rewards are enormous. Another ​area which has reaped rewards for ​investors is the ​bondfundarena, which tends to be less ​volatile and ​lowerrisk than ​equityfunds.
[C] an ​amount of ​money that is given to someone who ​provides important ​information about something: A four-figure reward for ​information was ​offered by a ​localbusinessman. a $10,000/£50,000/€100,000, etc. rewardoffer/put up a reward A ​series of ​high-profileads in the ​newspapersoffered a ​substantial reward to anyone who could ​help with the ​investigation.

rewardverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈwɔːd/
WORKPLACE, HR to give a ​person, ​company, or ​organizationmoney or other ​advantages because they have been ​successful: The Industrial Exporter of the Year ​award will reward a ​company that has ​expanded outside the ​domesticmarket.be rewarded (for sth) Managers who ​innovate and ​focus on ​economicprofit will be rewarded.reward sb for sth Bonuses are a ​managementtool that reward ​employees for hard ​work.be rewarded by sb Companies that ​reduceearningsvolatility and ​lower the ​probability of large ​losses are rewarded by ​financialmarkets with less ​expensive and better ​access to ​capital.
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE if ​investors are rewarded, they make a ​profit from their ​investments: be rewarded with sth Anyone who ​bought the ​shares at 425.5p in November will have been rewarded with a 12% ​return.
(Definition of reward from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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