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verb \ə-ˈwȯrd\

Simple Definition of award

  • : to give (a reward or prize) to someone or something

  • : to officially decide that someone should get (something)

Full Definition of award

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give by judicial decree or after careful consideration

  3. 2 :  to confer or bestow as being deserved or merited or needed <award scholarships to disadvantaged students>

award·ableplay \-ˈwȯr-də-bəl\ adjective
award·eeplay \-ˌwȯr-ˈdē\ noun
award·erplay \-ˈwȯr-dər\ noun

Examples of award

  1. The judges will award a prize to the best speaker.

  2. The winner was awarded a gold medal.

  3. A prize will be awarded to the student who sells the most tickets.

  4. The jury awarded damages to the defendant.

  5. The company is awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

  6. He was awarded a patent for his invention.

Origin of award

Middle English, to decide, from Anglo-French awarder, agarder to look at, examine, resolve, from a- (from Latin ad-) + warder, garder to look after, guard — more at guard

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of award

grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld <granted them a new hearing>. concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim <even her critics concede she can be charming>. vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension <vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples>. accord implies giving to another what is due or proper <accorded all the honors befitting a head of state>. award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors <awarded the company a huge defense contract>.




Simple Definition of award

  • : something (such as a prize) that is given to someone or something for being excellent or for doing something that is admired

Full Definition of award

  1. 1 a :  a judgment or final decision; especially :  the decision of arbitrators in a case submitted to them b :  the document containing the decision of arbitrators

  2. 2 :  something that is conferred or bestowed especially on the basis of merit or need

Examples of award

  1. Will the film win any awards at the festival?

  2. She has won numerous awards for her books.

14th Century

First Known Use of award

14th century

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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