\ə-ˈwȯrd \
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



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


awardable \-ˈwȯr-də-bəl \ adjective
awardee \-ˌwȯr-ˈdē \ noun
awarder \-ˈwȯr-dər \ noun

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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


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.


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

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $1.59 million contract to Studio 8 Design for architectural and engineering services for the renovation and expansion of the Adult Detention Center in Canton. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee picks architect for detention center renovation," 13 July 2018 Since 2015, the Department of Justice has awarded nearly $1 billion in federal contracts to the company, government records show. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: No proof Rauner profits off family separation," 12 July 2018 The village has allocated that money for potential pre-litigation work, but no contract has been awarded yet, Owen said. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Continuing Amtrak Hiawatha fight, Glenview to pay for $160,000 train traffic analysis," 10 July 2018 The Enquirer Nine Cincinnati restaurants have been awarded The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Polly Campbell,, "Wine Spectator gives Awards of Excellence to nine local restaurants," 9 July 2018 Write to Kate King at Corrections & Amplifications Insurance company Conner Strong & Buckelew has been awarded tax incentives by the state of New Jersey to build its headquarters in Camden. Kate King, WSJ, "The Power Broker Behind Camden, N.J.’s Upswing," 9 July 2018 Waukegan has been awarded $2.1 million by the U.S. Department of Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration to make roadway and water infrastructure improvements aimed to grow the city’s economy. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan gets $2.1M in federal grants for road and water work, including at least 2 projects on lakefront," 6 July 2018 Right-hander Yefry Ramírez’s performance in Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Phillies has awarded him another start when his turn comes up in the rotation Monday in one game of the Orioles’ home doubleheader against the New York Yankees. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles notes: Yefry Ramírez's performance against Phillies earns rookie another start," 5 July 2018 Scholarship applications are available each year in February and, since 1995, the credit union has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to about 300 students. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Credit union awards 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In part due to her performance, Monahan says, the movie won several awards around the country. Stu Bykofsky,, "Why Trump should have picked Philly Judge Genece Brinkley for U.S. Supreme Court | Stu Bykofsky," 12 July 2018 During an awards ceremony on May 5 a storm cell passed to the north of Bagram Airfield and high winds quickly moved in, lifted the flag and tore one of the white stripes. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-based Eder Flag repairs treasured American flag damaged in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 The graffiti was discovered before a morning awards ceremony for Glenelg graduating seniors. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Grand jury indicts teens accused of hate crimes at Glenelg High School," 13 July 2018 The festival winds down on Saturday with sand castle judging and viewing from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at Pier Plaza. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: San Diego Pride, Sun & Sea Festival, Gustavo Romero," 13 July 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this report mischaracterized Carol Burnett's participation in the July 20 award ceremony. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Carol Burnett will be honored by Red Skelton museum in Vincennes," 12 July 2018 The poker run was followed by a lunch and awards ceremony at Harford County’s Flying Point Park. The Aegis, "More than 100 support conservation at annual Harford Land Trust poker run on the water," 12 July 2018 At the completion of each day, there’s an awards ceremony. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Harvey native Keith Rucker 'about giving back and paying it forward' with youth football camp," 10 July 2018 The simple combo has become a go-to uniform for the monarch, who opted for a graphic take by Hugo Boss for an awards ceremony and a soothing blue palette for a speech at IESE Business School. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia Is a Wardrobe Repeater in Her New Royal Uniform," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of award


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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

History and Etymology for 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


see award entry 1

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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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)



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


\ə-ˈwȯrd \
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



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



Legal Definition of award (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a judgment or final decision: as

a : arbitrator's award

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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