|v. t.||1.||To give in return, whether good or evil; - commonly in a good sense; to requite; to recompense; to repay; to compensate.|
|n.||1.||Regard; respect; consideration.|
|2.||That which is given in return for good or evil done or received; esp., that which is offered or given in return for some service or attainment, as for excellence in studies, for the return of something lost, etc.; recompense; requital.|
|3.||Hence, the fruit of one's labor or works.|
|4.||(Law) Compensation or remuneration for services; a sum of money paid or taken for doing, or forbearing to do, some act.|
|Noun||1.||reward - a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing; "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward"|
|2.||reward - payment made in return for a service rendered|
|3.||reward - an act performed to strengthen approved behavior|
|4.||reward - the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property|
|5.||reward - benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"|
penalty - the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty"
|Verb||1.||reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageus action"|
|2.||reward - strengthen and support with rewards; "Let's reinforce good behavior"|
|3.||reward - act or give recompensation in recognition of someone's behavior or actions|
REWARD. An offer of recompense given by authority of law for the performance
of some act for the public good; which, when the act has been performed, is
to be paid; or it is the recompense actually paid.
2. A reward may be offered by the government or by a private person. In criminal prosecutions, a person may be a competent witness although he expects, on conviction of the prisoner, to receive a reward. 1 Leach, 314, n 9 Barn. & Cresw. 556; S. C. Eng. C. L. R. 441; 1 Leach, 134; 1 Hayw. Rep. 3 1 Root, R. 249; Stark. Ev. pt. 4, p. 772, 3; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 104; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 881; Hawk. B. 2, c. 12, s. 21 to 38; 4 Bl. Com. 294; Burn's Just. Felony, iv. See 6 Humph. 113.
3. By the common law, informers, who are entitled under penal statutes to part of the penalty, are not in general competent witnesses. But when a statute can receive no execution, unless a party interested be a witness, then it seems proper to admit him, for the statute must not be rendered ineffectual for want of proof. Gilb. 114. In many acts of the legislature there is a provision that the informer shall be a witness, notwithstanding the reward. 1 Phil. Ev. 92, 99.