reap

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English repen, from Old English rēopan, rēpan, variants of Old English rīpan (to reap), from Proto-Germanic *rīpaną (compare West Frisian repe, German reifsen (to snatch), Norwegian ripa (to score, scratch)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rep- (to snatch) (compare Latin rapiō (to seize, plunder), Lithuanian aprépti (to seize, embrace), Albanian rrjep (to peel, tear off), Ancient Greek ἐρέπτομαι (eréptomai, I feed on)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: rēp, IPA(key): /ɹiːp/
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  • Rhymes: -iːp

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To cut (for example a grain) with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine
  2. (transitive) To gather (e.g. a harvest) by cutting.
  3. (transitive) To obtain or receive as a reward, in a good or a bad sense.
    to reap a benefit from exertions
  4. (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.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To deprive of the beard; to shave.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

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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