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award

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verb \ə-ˈwȯrd\

Definition of award

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to confer or bestow as being deserved or merited or needed award scholarships to disadvantaged students

  3. 2 :  to give by judicial decree or after careful consideration The jury awarded damages to the defendant. award a contract

awardable

play \-ˈwȯr-də-bəl\ adjective

awardee

play \-ˌwȯr-ˈdē\ noun

awarder

play \-ˈwȯr-dər\ noun

Examples of award in a Sentence

  1. The judges will award a prize to the best speaker.

  2. The winner was awarded a gold medal.

  3. A prize will be awarded to the student who sells the most tickets.

  4. The jury awarded damages to the defendant.

  5. The company is awarding the contract to the lowest bidder.

  6. He was awarded a patent for his invention.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of award

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

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award

noun

Definition of award

  1. 1 :  something that is conferred or bestowed especially on the basis of merit or need a film that has won several awards

  2. 2a :  a judgment or final decision; especially :  the decision of arbitrators in a case submitted to themb :  the document containing the decision of arbitrators

Examples of award in a Sentence

  1. Will the film win any awards at the festival?

  2. She has won numerous awards for her books.

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Origin and Etymology of award

see 1award



AWARD Defined for English Language Learners

award

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verb

Definition of award for English Language Learners

  • : to give (a reward or prize) to someone or something

  • : to officially decide that someone should get (something)

award

noun

Definition of award for English Language Learners

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


AWARD Defined for Kids

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award

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verb \ə-ˈwȯrd\

Definition of award for Students

awarded

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awarding

  1. 1 :  to give as deserved or needed award a medal award a scholarship

  2. 2 :  to give by official decision award a contract


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award

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noun

Definition of award for Students

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


Law Dictionary

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award

transitive verb

Legal Definition of award

  1. 1 :  to give in accordance with a judicial or administrative determination or decision award punitive damages

  2. 2 :  to grant as deserved awarded the contract to the lowest bidder

Origin and Etymology of award

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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award

noun

Legal Definition of award

  1. 1 :  a judgment or final decision: as a :  arbitrator's award b :  a formal decision regarding benefits in a workers' compensation claim

  2. 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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