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

Other Words from award

Verb

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

Synonyms for award

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: 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 Racing Commission voted Friday to award a fourth license for Legends Resort and Casino in Pope County. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 13 Nov. 2021 The city council this week voted to award Life Saving Awards to Sgt. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 20 Oct. 2021 The board of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, NOACA, which oversees federal and state transportation spending in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga, and Medina counties, voted unanimously to award the money to the Irishtown Bend project. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 The Florida House later voted to award Stephens $6 million. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Biden’s signature came after the Senate Tuesday voted unanimously to award the medals. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 The Senate voted in February to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Officer Eugene Goodman, who led rioters away from the Senate chamber, and directed Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, away from the mob. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2021 The Senate voted in February to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Officer Eugene Goodman, who led rioters away from the Senate chamber and directed Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, away from the mob. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Commissioners — all Republicans — last week voted to award money to county employees. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 23 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Puerto Rican superstar took home his first Grammy award in March for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album for 2020’s top-selling YHLQMDLG LP. Lucas Villa, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2021 Check out 21 of the best white elephant gift ideas—all under $25—and prepare to claim your award as the biggest white elephant in the room. Erin Parker, Glamour, 18 Nov. 2021 Crawford placed fourth in the NL MVP race, with the Phillies’ Bryce Harper claiming his second MVP award. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 Verlander made a league-leading 34 starts in 2019, going 21-6 and winning his second Cy Young award. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2021 Our annual 10Best Cars award has been around since 1983. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 Two days into the season and UConn women’s basketball sensation Paige Bueckers has already picked up her first award. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Devers, who won his first Silver Slugger award, hit .279 with 38 homers, 113 RBI, while posting a .370 on-base percentage, a .873 OPS and a 127 OPS+ this year. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 The soccer player dedicated his award to his mother and pledged to keep working for an end to child hunger, the BBC reported. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 10 Nov. 2021

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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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22 Nov 2021

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“Award.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/award. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for award

award

verb

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

award

transitive verb

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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