award

verb
\ ə-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce award (audio) \
awarded; awarding; awards

Definition of award

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to confer or bestow as being deserved or merited or needed award scholarships to disadvantaged students
2 : to give by judicial decree or after careful consideration The jury awarded damages to the defendant. award a contract

award

noun

Definition of award (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is conferred or bestowed especially on the basis of merit or need a film that has won several awards
2a : a judgment or final decision especially : the decision of arbitrators in a case submitted to them
b : the document containing the decision of arbitrators

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Other Words from award

Verb

awardable \ -​ˈwȯr-​də-​bəl How to pronounce awardable (audio) \ adjective
awardee \ -​ˌwȯr-​ˈdē How to pronounce awardee (audio) \ noun
awarder \ -​ˈwȯr-​dər How to pronounce awarder (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for award

Synonyms: Verb

reward

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, blue ribbon, decoration, distinction, honor, kudo, plume, premium, prize

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Verb

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

Examples of award in a Sentence

Verb

The judges will award a prize to the best speaker. The winner was awarded a gold medal. A prize will be awarded to the student who sells the most tickets. The jury awarded damages to the defendant. The company is awarding the contract to the lowest bidder. He was awarded a patent for his invention.

Noun

Will the film win any awards at the festival? She has won numerous awards for her books.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

California requires companies that are awarded testing permits to disclose certain data, including the frequency of times when its autonomous technology is deactivated because of a failure or because a safety operator took control. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Driverless Car Data Shows Robots Are Improving But Still Need Human Hands," 13 Feb. 2019 Prizes are awarded in two categories: Most Original and Best Likeness. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "Look At These Adorable Chairs Made Out Of Champagne Corks," 22 Dec. 2018 Extra points are also awarded in this arena for elaborate family costumes—look no further than Kylie Jenner and her daughter Stormi as mommy-and-me butterflies. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Are You Dressing Your Kids for Halloween—or for Instagram?," 30 Oct. 2018 Points are awarded either through high placement or by killing rivals, and these points will then be used to match similarly skilled players with one another. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s new tournaments let anyone compete against pros for prizes," 15 Oct. 2018 After the parades, participants are usually awarded commemorative medals, gift boxes with food and beverages and special holidays. Fox News, "Past goose-steppers proud of place in North Korean parades," 6 Sep. 2018 At game end, extra points are awarded for completing full horizontal lines, full vertical lines, or for filling every tile of a single color on your wall—complicating the spatial scoring puzzle. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Review: Azul, board game of the year?," 28 July 2018 The Office of Refugee Resettlement says its contracts and grants are awarded competitively. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "Here's how much taxpayers are spending to house unaccompanied immigrants," 2 July 2018 The grants are awarded through the state Office of Policy and Management. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Awarded $2 Million Grant For Transit-Oriented Development Project," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The celebrity home stager, the brain behind the award-winning firm Interior Marketing Group (IMG), is known for her knack of decorating luxury properties to sell—and sell fast. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Home Stager Reveals the Art of Decorating," 7 Mar. 2019 Minim Homes, makers of award-winning micro homes, is currently selling the floor plans on their website for the newest edition of their micro house, both the trailer version and foundation version. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Love Tiny Homes? Now You Can Build Your Own," 1 Mar. 2019 Gaga was spotted greeting Shayk with a kiss on the cheek before the awards show began. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is How Irina Shayk Reportedly Feels About Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's Chemistry," 26 Feb. 2019 The red carpet might last an hour before an awards show, but those perfectly done-up, put-together looks are the result of weeks, sometimes months, of preparation. Ana Colón, Glamour, "8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By," 18 Jan. 2019 The entire look would have been perfect for accompanying Prince Charming to a ball or for an awards show. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wore a Braided Crown at the Governors Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 At this year’s awards show, the streaming studios finally reached equal footing with their network and cable peers. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Netflix finally beats HBO in Primetime Emmy wins at this year’s awards," 18 Sep. 2018 Just like most awards shows, there were a few notable flubs, failed jokes, and/or just ... really, really weird moments. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "7 Super Awkward Moments From the 2018 Emmys You Definitely Missed," 18 Sep. 2018 Every awards show, us Allure staffers are scrambling to cover all the hair and makeup looks, corresponding with makeup artists, endlessly scouring social media for BTS footage, and typing until our little fingers are gnarled. Sable Yong, Allure, "Every Snack That Walked the 2018 Emmys’ Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of award

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for award

Verb and Noun

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

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award

verb

English Language Learners Definition of award

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give (a reward or prize) to someone or something
: to officially decide that someone should get (something)

award

noun

English Language Learners Definition of award (Entry 2 of 2)

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

award

verb
\ ə-ˈwȯrd How to pronounce award (audio) \
awarded; awarding

Kids Definition of award

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give as deserved or needed award a medal award a scholarship
2 : to give by official decision award a contract

award

noun

Kids Definition of award (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as a prize) that is given in recognition of good work or a good act

Legal Definition of award

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give in accordance with a judicial or administrative determination or decision award punitive damages
2 : to grant as deserved awarded the contract to the lowest bidder

award

noun

Legal Definition of award (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a judgment or final decision: as
b : a formal decision regarding benefits in a workers' compensation claim
2 : something granted especially on the basis of merit or entitlement: as
a : a contract won by a successful bidder
b : relief usually in the form of money (as damages or alimony) granted to a party in a legal proceeding

History and Etymology for award

Transitive verb

Anglo-French awarder, agarder to look at, decide on, impose, alteration of Old French esguarder to look at, from es-, intensive prefix + guarder to guard

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