verb (used with object)
- to cut (wheat, rye, etc.) with a sickle or other implement or a machine, as in harvest.
- to gather or take (a crop, harvest, etc.).
- to get as a return, recompense, or result: to reap large profits.
verb (used without object)
- to reap a crop, harvest, etc.
- to cut or harvest (a crop), esp corn, from (a field or tract of land)
- (tr) to gain or get (something) as a reward for or result of some action or enterprise
“to cut grain with a hook or sickle,” Old English reopan, Mercian form of ripan “to reap,” related to Old English ripe “ripe” (see ripe). Related: Reaped; reaping.