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Re`ward´
v. t.1.To give in return, whether good or evil; - commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate.
[imp. & p. p. Rewarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Rewarding.]
I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
- Deut. xxxii. 41.
n.1.Regard; respect; consideration.
Take reward of thine own value.
- Chaucer.
2.That which is given in return for good or evil done or received; esp., that which is offered or given in return for some service or attainment, as for excellence in studies, for the return of something lost, etc.; recompense; requital.
3.Hence, the fruit of one's labor or works.
The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward.
- Eccl. ix. 5.
4.(Law) Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act.
Noun1.Rewardreward - a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing; "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward"
Synonyms: wages, payoff
2.reward - payment made in return for a service rendered
3.reward - an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
Synonyms: reinforcement
4.reward - the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
5.reward - benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"
Synonyms: advantage
Antonyms:
penalty - the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty"
Verb1.reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageus action"
Synonyms: honor, honour
2.reward - strengthen and support with rewards; "Let's reinforce good behavior"
Synonyms: reinforce
3.reward - act or give recompensation in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
Synonyms: pay back, repay

REWARD. An offer of recompense given by authority of law for the performance of some act for the public good; which, when the act has been performed, is to be paid; or it is the recompense actually paid.
     2. A reward may be offered by the government or by a private person. In criminal prosecutions, a person may be a competent witness although he expects, on conviction of the prisoner, to receive a reward. 1 Leach, 314, n 9 Barn. & Cresw. 556; S. C. Eng. C. L. R. 441; 1 Leach, 134; 1 Hayw. Rep. 3 1 Root, R. 249; Stark. Ev. pt. 4, p. 772, 3; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 104; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 881; Hawk. B. 2, c. 12, s. 21 to 38; 4 Bl. Com. 294; Burn's Just. Felony, iv. See 6 Humph. 113.
     3. By the common law, informers, who are entitled under penal statutes to part of the penalty, are not in general competent witnesses. But when a statute can receive no execution, unless a party interested be a witness, then it seems proper to admit him, for the statute must not be rendered ineffectual for want of proof. Gilb. 114. In many acts of the legislature there is a provision that the informer shall be a witness, notwithstanding the reward. 1 Phil. Ev. 92, 99.

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