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

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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 The department also could award grant funding to help schools reduce the use of seclusion and restraint. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "National Ban on School Use of Seclusion and Restraint of Students Introduced in Congress," 19 Nov. 2020 The department also could award grant funding to help schools reduce the use of seclusion and restraint. Jennifer Smith Richards, chicagotribune.com, "Secluding schoolchildren in isolated spaces would be illegal under a new federal bill," 19 Nov. 2020 The department is evaluating bids and is expected to award a multimillion-dollar contract soon. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New COVID-19 outbreak forces transfer of dozens of county jail inmates," 16 Nov. 2020 The city is expected to award the construction contract this month, DDOT said in a statement Thursday. Washington Post, "D.C.’s 16th Street is finally getting its dedicated bus lane," 7 Nov. 2020 The full commission voted this week to cancel its second attempt at finding a new artist to design the Angelou statue and to award a contract of up to $250,000 to Thomas. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. City Hall wrong made right: Eye-catching monument to Maya Angelou to be installed after all," 5 Nov. 2020 It is expected to award the contract in September of that year, Ryder said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM Defense delivers 1st infantry military vehicles to U.S. Army," 27 Oct. 2020 Ivey declared a state of emergency allowing the Alabama Department of Transportation to award a contract quickly for the repair. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Gov. Kay Ivey will cut ribbon Monday reopening U.S. 231 after landslide repair," 25 Sep. 2020 The competition is not limited to U.S. companies and NASA may award more than one contract. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "NASA wants companies go get moon rocks and hand them over," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the beverage side, Kasperski has partnered with top local talent including Jason Asher and Rich Furnari, the duo behind award-winning tiki bar Undertow and Century Grand. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Expect potato textures and upscale Jell-O shots at this 'inventive' Phoenix restaurant-bar," 21 Nov. 2020 This listening experience is brought to life by Actors creative team in collaboration with award-winning radio professionals. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville shows this week: 'A Christmas Carol,' A 'virtual' Christmas Vacation and more," 21 Nov. 2020 The US-European study was inspired in part by what happened when the researchers fed Google’s vision service a striking, award-winning image from Texas showing a Honduran toddler in tears as a US Border Patrol officer detained her mother. Tom Simonite, Wired, "When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'," 19 Nov. 2020 In other action Wednesday night, the council unanimously approved an update of the city’s award-winning Climate Action Plan after hearing from 20 public speakers who praised the old document and the new revisions. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sober living home permit plan wins initial support from Encinitas council," 19 Nov. 2020 Ten years after her award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson argues that our entire social structure is built upon an unrecognized caste system. Sydney Williams, NBC News, "Best books 2020: What to read, shared by Amazon Books editors," 19 Nov. 2020 He was encouraged by award-winning author and Syracuse University creative writing professor George Saunders, who was struck by Kottke’s e-mails and introduced him to an editor. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "At age 75, Minnesota guitar hero Leo Kottke releases a new album with Phish bassist," 19 Nov. 2020 The people behind the whiskey brand Sagamore Spirit wanted to host a giveaway for an entire barrel of their award-winning alcohol, but apparently that wouldn’t be legal. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "One Lucky Whiskey Lover Can Win a VIP Stay on Baltimore’s Waterfront Plus $10,000 Cash," 19 Nov. 2020 Dana Thompson and her partner, Sean Sherman, an award-winning chef, are co-owners of the Sioux Chef, an organization in the Twin Cities devoted to revitalizing Native American cuisine. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of award was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Award.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/award. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for award

award

verb
How to pronounce award (audio)

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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