\ 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



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 \ 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

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

Sailor was awarded a score of 18/30 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Natalie Stone,, "Watch Christie Brinkley's Daughter Sailor Dance on DWTS Premiere After Replacing Supermodel Mom," 16 Sep. 2019 The best Canadian feature film trophy was awarded to Sophie Deraspe's Antigone, while Mathew Rankin's The Twentieth Century earned the juried best first Canadian feature award. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' Wins Audience Award," 15 Sep. 2019 After the lawyers took their share, her ex - who takes care of the children one day a week and every other weekend - was awarded half of the rest. oregonlive, "Mom sues, saying prolific sperm donor passed along autism," 15 Sep. 2019 The acting San Diego city auditor issued a scathing report this week alleging aides to Mayor Kevin Faulconer improperly awarded a multimillion-dollar contract. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Multimillion-dollar contract improperly awarded, San Diego city auditor says," 13 Sep. 2019 The Raiders struck a deal with the Bears, who awarded Mack the six-year, $141 million contract, including $90 million in guarantees, that Oakland refused to pay. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop,, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 Weeks later, the state dropped its plans to award a new contract, meaning KentuckyWired would not be eligible for the FCC money. Alfred Miller, ProPublica, "How Kentucky Gambled for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From a Broadband Program It Didn’t Qualify for," 4 Sep. 2019 As the city continued to award contracts to the nonprofit, Figueroa-Villa’s salary rose in recent years. Los Angeles Times, "LAPD Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa failed to disclose income from city contracts," 30 Aug. 2019 That sets up a quick-moving stream of decisions as DIA revamps the project to keep it from breaking the bank and runs a bid process to award new contracts. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver airport renovation reboot will face council scrutiny," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The award-winning journalist, political commentator and author died from complications from breast cancer, according to the family statement. NBC News, "Cokie Roberts, renowned journalist with ABC News, dies at 75," 17 Sep. 2019 The California resident owns multiple restaurants, homes in Corinthian Island and Kenwood, and is the developer of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, an award-winning resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Joelle Goldstein,, "Tycoon Arrested After Both His Sons Are Thrown Off His Boat, Tragically Killing His 11-Year-Old," 16 Sep. 2019 Michelle Sandlin is an award-winning writer, journalist and global mobility industry expert. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "Relocation spotlight on Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living," 16 Sep. 2019 The award-winning science fiction and fantasy artist showcased the latest works from his fantasy-art spin on lotería, which will cover all 54 cards in the game. René A. Guzman,, "Central Library celebrates Hispanic heritage with a whole lot of lotería," 15 Sep. 2019 Subscribe for videos, columns, opinions and analysis from The Arizona Republic’s award-winning sports team. Greg Moore, azcentral, "How Arizona State can pull off a double-digit upset over No. 19 Michigan State," 13 Sep. 2019 The project represents a doubling down by HBO on finding a successor to its most popular and award-winning series of all time. James Hibberd,, "Game of Thrones prequel series about the Targaryens near pilot order," 12 Sep. 2019 Once a co-owner of the New York Bar & Restaurant, a Broadway hole where pressmen and newspaper workers gathered, Wible loved travel and sang bass with the award-winning Thoroughbred Chorus., "Standard Gravure remembered: Here are all the victims from the 1989 mass shooting," 12 Sep. 2019 Besides three full days of top-notch music, the festival also celebrates the craftsmanship behind award-winning spirits, master distillers and world-class chefs that make Kentucky such a vibrant place. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's your complete guide to the 2019 Bourbon & Beyond music festival," 12 Sep. 2019

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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

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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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 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



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
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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