reward Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “reward” in the English Dictionary

"reward" in British English

See all translations

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.
More examples

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

"reward" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of reward?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“reward” in Business English

Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More