reap / rēp/ • v. [tr.] cut or gather (a crop or harvest): large numbers of men were employed to reap the harvest | fig. in terms of science, the Apollo program reaped a meager harvest. ∎ harvest the crop from (a piece of land). ∎ fig. receive (a reward or benefit) as a consequence of one's own or other people's actions: the company is poised to reap the benefits of this investment.PHRASES: reap the harvest (or fruits) of suffer the results or consequences of: critics believe we are now reaping the harvest of our permissive ways.