\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

Synonyms for award

Synonyms: Verb


Synonyms: Noun

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

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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

But the ceremony takes place the night before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the industry organization that awards the Oscars, begins filling out ballots for nominations. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes," 6 Dec. 2018 Demolition of the current interior would begin once Seattle was awarded a hockey team by the NHL Board of Governors. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Renovations are nothing new to KeyArena, evolving since 1962 and home to new NHL team," 5 Dec. 2018 The fallout from the scandal has had wide-ranging implications for the Swedish Academy, the institution that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Frenchman at Heart of Nobel Scandal Convicted of Second Rape," 3 Dec. 2018 Because the original was such a massive success, the National Lampoon franchise awarded Randy Quaid (who plays Cousin Eddie) the starring role in Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 This was most apparent last year, when People awarded country singer and Voice judge Blake Shelton with Sexiest Man Alive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Twitter Is So Happy Idris Elba Is People's Sexiest Man Alive This Year and Not Blake Shelton," 6 Nov. 2018 The Washington Post is reporting that ULA, a rocket company run jointly by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, have awarded a contract to Blue Origin company to build the first-stage engine for its upcoming Vulcan rocket. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "ULA's New Rocket Will Be Powered by Blue Origin's Engine," 27 Sep. 2018 San Francisco, too, is expected to finally announce this week which companies will be awarded permits to operate during a 12-month pilot, after a similar situation there with Bird and Lime. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 The agreements would be contingent upon the RNC awarding the convention to Charlotte. Jim Morrill And Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "After flurry of criticism, Charlotte council will vote on deals for RNC convention," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And Timmy comes full circle with more awards love: a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for Beautiful Boy. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Did Timothée Chalamet Spend 2018? We’re So Glad You Asked," 10 Dec. 2018 Penn’s work has been recognized by multiple awards and her speaking engagements have taken her from conferences in Indonesia to the TedX stage. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 The 1964 film ended up earning 20 awards, according to IMDb. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Dick Van Dyke Paid Walt Disney $4K for a Part in the Original 'Mary Poppins'," 26 Nov. 2018 Sports may seem off-base for Amazon, a company that’s invested its entertainment funds in creating award-winning prestige shows and building its Prime library, but the company has been investing in sports content for some time. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels," 20 Nov. 2018 Plus, as Theo is reported to take on Andy’s similar stubborn and quick-witted attitude—and with many of the same writers and producers on board—this latest installment will likely bear a familiar resemblance to the award-winning original. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The 'NYPD Blue' Reboot Is Killing Off a Major Character When It Returns," 18 Oct. 2018 Forty years later, his award-winning photos have appeared on the covers of scientific journals. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Man Who Takes Pictures of Microbes," 18 Oct. 2018 For the route, Singapore Airlines even worked with award-winning wellness company Canyon Ranch to develop a special jet lag-busting menu, and in-flight stretching and exercise routines. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Longest Flight in the World Is Actually Like," 13 Oct. 2018 The royal walked down the red carpet and past the cameras before sitting down to chat with Matilda Booth, a seven-year-old with spina bifida who is one of the winners at this year's award ceremony. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Sleek Black Altuzarra Suit for the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 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


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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

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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