"rewards" in the noun sense
1. wages, reward, payoff
a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
"the wages of sin is death"
"virtue is its own reward"
payment made in return for a service rendered
3. reward, reinforcement
an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
5. advantage, reward
benefit resulting from some event or action
"it turned out to my advantage"
"reaping the rewards of generosity"
"rewards" in the verb sense
1. honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon
"Today we honor our soldiers"
"The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
2. reinforce, reward
strengthen and support with rewards
"Let's reinforce good behavior"
3. reward, repay, pay back
act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
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