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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: rēp, IPA(key): /ɹiːp/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹip/
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- Rhymes: -iːp
- (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
- 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC, page 60:
- Why do I humble thus my ſelf, and ſuing / For peace, reap nothing but repulſe and hate?
- (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 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iii]:
- 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