Pronunciation: (ri-wôrd'),[key] —n. 1. a sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a criminal, the recovery of lost or stolen property, etc.
2. something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc.
—v.t. 1. to recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc.
2. to make return for or requite (service, merit, etc.); recompense.