Definition of reap in English:

reap

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Cut or gather (a crop or harvest):

    ‘many men were employed to reap the harvest’
    figurative ‘in terms of science, the Apollo programme reaped a meagre harvest’
    • ‘She lived and worked with a family of peasants, cultivating the field, planting crops, reaping the harvest.’
    • ‘Some have managed to take an interest in their land and make it productive, but many have simply reaped the standing crop and then left the land derelict.’
    • ‘It seldom happens that the person who tills the ground has the wherewithal to maintain himself till he reaps the harvest.’
    • ‘Late February to mid-March is the ideal planting time. An early start improves the odds of reaping a good harvest before summer heat shuts down fruit production.’
    • ‘Its economy was based primarily on millet, harvested with polished stone reaping knives, and on pigs, cows, and goats.’
    • ‘This is contributing to the farming crisis, and deaths from starvation are likely to increase massively because farmers are too weak to plant or reap their crops.’
    • ‘The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter.’
    • ‘For instance, in one season a farmer may apply five bags of chemical fertilisers (for paddy crop) on one acre of land and reaps 30 bags of grain.’
    • ‘There's little interest these days in hedgerow fruit so I suspect the birds will reap this particular harvest.’
    • ‘They can still get money when they need it and there will still be the occasional umbrella for farmers whose incomes drop when Brazil reaps a bumper crop.’
    • ‘This dance honors the soil from which the harvest is reaped.’
    • ‘It is very hard to go against ingrained traditions that reap new harvests with a cycle of generations, over and over, until it is almost part of the should be.’
    • ‘Farming is the major industry in the area, and the challenge of reaping a harvest from this soil is a fearsome one.’
    • ‘And what you see each time is that the men were reaping all the fruits here.’
    • ‘The vineyards are organic, yields are low, and the harvest is reaped by hand, with Burgundian-style small trays for the pickers to place the grapes on, in whole bunches if possible, so that they do not bruise.’
    • ‘Some farmers have been told only to reap the current harvest, but not to prepare the land for new crops.’
    • ‘One day, as the men are sitting around discussing what they would do if they had any money, Wang Lung says that he will buy land from which to reap harvests.’
    • ‘It's loosely based on the parable of the sower, so we have three images, a man ploughing a field, a man sowing seed and a man reaping a harvest.’
    • ‘With it, farmers could retain their soil and still reap a crop.’
    • ‘Last year, while fellow sweet-cherry growers were reeling from the financial blow of low yields, Kendell was reaping an impressive harvest.’
    pick, pluck, gather
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    1. 1.1 Harvest the crop from (a piece of land):
      ‘farmers agreed to continue reaping the land by traditional means’
      • ‘As gameplay progresses, you'll place your cities, have your population grow, build wonders, armies, reap the land and generally just try to survive.’
      • ‘The cornfields are almost all reaped.’
      • ‘It was replaced with a more local, romantic Palestinian nationalism - familiar to Europeans - that reveres the peasant and the shepherd and dreams of reaping the land.’
      harvest, garner, gather in, bring in, take in
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    2. 1.2 Receive (something, especially something beneficial) as a consequence of one's own or another's actions:
      ‘the company is poised to reap the benefits of this investment’
      • ‘But do the people truly reap the value of these public lands?’
      • ‘Both have received international recognition and reaped a harvest of prizes.’
      • ‘Three steel producers listed on the main board reaped a golden harvest last year with their results thrashing market forecasts.’
      • ‘He could not reap extra profit from having a piece of my father's land.’
      • ‘It is better to bring the polluters into the light than to allow them to reap profits at the expense of our air, land, and water.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the US Navy was reaping a rich harvest from its years of wargaming.’
      • ‘At the end of fiscal 2002, when banks had reaped a bumper harvest through treasury profits, it was widely seen as a one-time affair and not expected to be repeated this year.’
      • ‘Ahern also reaped a harvest of favourable editorials.’
      • ‘On top of that, the United States reaped a great harvest of German ideas about aerial technology with its foresighted Operation Paperclip at the end of the war.’
      • ‘If a landowning nobility was to prosper, it was well advised to diversify out of land and reap some of the gain of financial, commercial, and industrial growth.’
      • ‘He said that if I had nothing to hide that the I would have such money by reaping the bounty from my lands and wouldn't mind paying these taxes straight up right now.’
      • ‘May you continue to reap all the good things that you have sown this year.’
      • ‘The rich will not be able to continue to reap the profits of their investment in globalization if they do not seriously address the issues of poverty on a world scale.’
      • ‘As a visiting scientist in the United States she reaped the data harvest from a new generation of seismic observatories, installed during the Cold War to monitor underground nuclear explosions.’
      • ‘I think the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should work towards us keeping engaged and involved so that we can continue to reap something out of our labour.’
      • ‘As housing values have soared, builders have reaped lush margins by building on the cheap land that they acquired several years earlier.’
      • ‘Indeed, both missions continue to reap benefits for us almost two years after they landed.’
      • ‘Now Darran Gardner finds one firm hoping to reap a rich harvest from the ripe market of business intelligence’
      • ‘All the other farmers in the area eventually sold off their land to developers, reaping hefty paydays.’
      • ‘It is for this reason that research must be allowed to continue in a way that society may reap the medical benefits, whilst limitations are put on other cosmetic aspects.’
      receive, obtain, get, acquire, secure, bring in, realize, derive, procure
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Phrases

  • reap the harvest (or fruits) of

    • Suffer the results or consequences of:

      ‘we are now reaping the harvest of our permissive ways’
      • ‘Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, for years a testing ground of liberal policies that allegedly stem the damage of drug abuse and the spread of AIDS, is now reaping the tragic harvest.’
      • ‘Less than a year into his hard-won presidential mandate, the president is reaping a bitter harvest of popular discontent.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe is reaping a bitter harvest sown by a previous health minister, who declared there was no connection between HIV and Aids.’
      • ‘Pakistan has reaped an appalling harvest, with over 200,000 child drug addicts.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, innocent Americans will reap the bloody harvest.’
      • ‘We are now reaping a bitter harvest from that which was misguidedly sown, again and again, since 1955, and continues to be sown to this miserable day.’
      • ‘And so, once again, the Democrats reaped the bitter harvest of their own pallor and incompetence.’
      • ‘Kumar is now reaping a bitter harvest from the '90s.’
      • ‘This political instability slowed down the processes in the country and created distrust among our foreign partners and today we are reaping this harvest.’
      • ‘Now Africa reaps the bitter harvest of colonial and homegrown ethnic manipulation in endless civil wars and periodic outbreaks of rioting and killing.’
  • you reap what you sow

    • proverb You eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions.

      • ‘So if you behave badly in this life, your next incarnation is likely to be more unpleasant than your current one - you reap what you sow.’
      • ‘Anything that happens to you today might be a repercussion from a previous life or that kind of a sense of you reap what you sow as an individual.’
      • ‘If you try in any way you can to kick their legs out from under them in the name of tough love, well, you reap what you sow.’
      • ‘But when we do that, we're just going to continue to reap what we're sowing.’
      • ‘Is the Cabinet finally reaping what they have sowed after not living up to the above promises?’
      • ‘The sugar industry is a lot like the lobbying industry, you reap what you sow.’
      • ‘But for the rest, well I'm afraid you reap what you sow and the Board, the gloryhunters, the accountants and the marketing people can only stand by and hope that this doesn't mean the end.’
      • ‘Pete is also reaping what he has sown.’
      • ‘Karma sets the quality of a life according to how well or badly a person behaved in their previous life - you reap what you sow.’
      • ‘But I like to think you reap what you sow, Captain.’

Origin

Old English ripan, reopan, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

reap

/riːp/