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definition of the word reap

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Old English reopan.

to reap

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to reap (third-person singular simple present reaps, present participle reaping, simple past and past participle reaped)

  1. To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.
  2. To gather; to obtain; to receive as a reward or harvest, or as the fruit of labor or of works -- in a good or a bad sense; as, to reap a benefit from exertions.
  3. (Computer science) Act of a parent process acknowledging that its child process has exited, thereby removing it from the process table. Until the child process is reaped it may be listed in the process table as a zombie or defunct process.
  4. (Bible) Epistle to the Galatians, ch. 6, v.7
    • For whatever a man is sowing, this he will also reap. Gal.6.7
  5. (obsolete) To deprive of the beard; to shave.



reap (plural reaps)

  1. A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.

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