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 22-13 vote of the FIFA’s Council to award the tournament New Zealand and Australia was announced just before 4 a.m. Friday in New Zealand — 2 a.m. on Australia’s east coast. Washington Post, "Women’s World Cup heads to a welcome Down Under in 2023," 26 June 2020 The Tempe Police Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board unanimously voted to award Jaen early accidental disability retirement in early January. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe approves $2 million settlement for family of 14-year-old killed by police," 25 June 2020 Friday's Phase 1 drawings will award the top three picks in the draft. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, Detroit Free Press, "Here's where Detroit Red Wings landed after 100 simulations of 2020 NHL draft lottery," 25 June 2020 That was the commissioner's right after a March 30 agreement in which teams agreed to advance $170 million to the players, and award them a year of service time if the season were lost. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Major League Baseball implements 60-game 2020 season as players agree on safety protocols," 24 June 2020 The administration wants to award them by highest salary instead of by lottery. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump orders limits on foreign workers, extends immigration restrictions," 22 June 2020 The end of the school year for the Parma City Schools means it’s time for the district to award the top winners in its 20/20 Closure Challenge. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City School District rewards 20/20 Closure Challenge participants," 18 June 2020 The five-year, $100 million initiative will award funding in September. National Geographic, "On the hunt for the next deadly virus," 16 June 2020 Under Ohio law, local governments award the tax breaks and simply report the results to a state clearinghouse. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "We Reported on Corporate Tax Breaks in the Rust Belt. Now Officials Want Tougher Enforcement.," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This award has been established by the Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus to recognize an outstanding teacher in the Strongsville City School district. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Three outstanding Strongsville teachers are honored: Strong Points," 26 June 2020 Even Seehorn’s on-screen listening is award-worthy! Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Emmy nominations: Consider Rhea Seehorn for Better Call Saul," 26 June 2020 Trump has battled with PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor, the latest recipient of a White House Correspondents’ Association award, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has feuded with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "EPA chief urges defunding of NPR, 'sacred cow that needs to be slaughtered'," 26 June 2020 The continuous lack of diversity amongst nominees and winners, lead to the condemnation of such award shows birthing hashtags #OscarsSoWhite and #GrammysSoWhite. Mikeisha Vaughn, Essence, "Here's Why The #ESSENCEChallenge Is So Important," 25 June 2020 The award recognizes, not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Brewbaker Tech junior Chanice Spicer named Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year," 25 June 2020 Any player who sticks to the guidelines laid out in this manual should get an MVP award. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Why MLB’s stringent COVID-19 guidelines will make the return to baseball anything but normal," 25 June 2020 Also, a black man tossing around Captain America’s shield in a Super Bowl commercial all while a black quarterback (Patrick Mahomes) won the Super Bowl and the game’s MVP award? David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Will 2020 be the year we get a live-action black Captain America?," 25 June 2020 Izzo said the other coaches in the Big Ten — from John Beilein at Michigan to Matt Painter at Purdue and Fran McCaffery at Iowa, among others — have made winning an award like this even more difficult. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Tom Izzo named Big Ten basketball coach of the decade," 25 June 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

30 Jun 2020

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“Award.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/award. Accessed 9 Jul. 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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