Reap (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Reaping.] [OE. repen, AS. ripan to seize, reap; cf. D. rapen to glean, reap, G. raufen to pluck, Goth. raupjan, or E. ripe.]


To cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine, as grain; to gather, as a harvest, by cutting.

When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field. Lev.. 9.


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.

Why do I humble thus myself, and, suing For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate? Milton.


To clear or a crop by reaping; as, to reap a field.


To deprive of the beard; to shave.



Reaping hook, an instrument having a hook-shaped blade, used in reaping; a sickle; -- in a specific sense, distinguished from a sickle by a blade keen instead of serrated.


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Reap, v. i.

To perform the act or operation of reaping; to gather a harvest.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Ps. cxxvi. 5.


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Reap, n. [Cf. AS. rip harvest. See Reap, v.]

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

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]



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