One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the dog's owners have offered a reward for its safe return’
recompense, prize, prize money, winnings, purse, award, honour, decoration, profit, advantage, benefit, bonus, plus, premium
present, gift, tip, gratuity, inducement, carrot, payment, consideration, return, requital
informal pay-off, cut, perk
archaic guerdon, meed
2‘he thought his reward cruel after such loyal service’
treatment, handling, service, reception
1‘they were to be well rewarded for their work’
recompense, pay, remunerate, give a bounty to, give a present to, make something worth someone's while, tip, honour, decorate, give an award to, recognize, requite
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