From Middle English repen, from Old English rēopan, rēpan, variants of Old English rīpan (“to reap”), from Proto-West Germanic *rīpan, from Proto-Germanic *rīpaną (compare West Frisian repe, Norwegian ripa (“to score, scratch”)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁reyb- (“to snatch”).
- (transitive) To cut (for example a grain) with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine
- (transitive) To gather (e.g. a harvest) by cutting.
- (transitive) To obtain or receive as a reward, in a good or a bad sense.
- to reap a benefit from exertions
- 2016 June 11, Phil McNulty, “England 1-1 Russia”, in BBC Sport:
- England manager Roy Hodgson got plenty right with a positive selection and the decision to play Rooney in midfield reaped a rich reward - but his boldest move may also have been his biggest mistake.
- (transitive, computer science) To terminate a child process that has previously exited, thereby removing it from the process table.
- Until a child process is reaped, it may be listed in the process table as a zombie or defunct process.
- (transitive, obsolete) To deprive of the beard; to shave.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 1, scene 3]:
- Came there a certaine Lord, neat and trimly drest;
Fresh as a Bride-groome, and his Chin new reapt,
reap (plural reaps)
- A bundle of grain; a handful of grain laid down by the reaper as it is cut.
- (bundle of grain): sheaf