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 If Krug’s goal is not awarded to Bergeron, the Bruins will have had a goal from a defenseman in six of their last seven games. BostonGlobe.com, "The Bruins played their season opener in Prague in 2010, losing to the Coyotes, and finished the season by winning the Stanley Cup in Vancouver, ending a 39-year championship drought.," 9 Nov. 2019 Lawyers for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its Local 8 chapter argued in court papers that the damages awarded to ICTSI Oregon, the former operator of Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, are excessive and could bankrupt the union. oregonlive, "Judge delays entering $93.6 million judgment against longshore workers’ union," 8 Nov. 2019 When the investigation ended, Rosemont lost its gaming license, which was eventually awarded to Des Plaines and became the Rivers Casino. David Heinzmann, chicagotribune.com, "Amid scandal, Illinois Gaming Board blocks video gambling owners from selling their companies without state approval," 7 Nov. 2019 The grants are a part of $128 million in federal funding that DOE is awarding to 75 research projects across the country to advance solar technologies. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Abortion bills clear Ohio Senate: Capitol Letter," 7 Nov. 2019 Wyoming head coach Adam Jones ran to the officials with his arms out and a penalty kick was awarded to his team. Alexander Harrison, Cincinnati.com, "Wyoming stopped short of soccer state tournament by Tippecanoe," 2 Nov. 2019 Coach Gregg Popovich initiated the first coach’s replay challenge in team history, questioning an out-of-bounds call that awarded the ball to the Trail Blazers. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "LaMarcus Aldridge, Jakob Poeltl passionate about protecting rim," 29 Oct. 2019 Any transfer of the lease would have to be approved by the General Services Administration, which awarded the deal to the Trump Organization after a competition among various bidders. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "Trumps Put Their Washington Hotel on the Market," 25 Oct. 2019 Majors, and her small team of 'Peacemakers,' are working the other side: awarding grants to nonprofits, helping resource providers connect with those in need, holding events like community baby showers for young mothers. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'We'll stop you if you make us': Desperate interventions to stop gun violence," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Writing contest: High school students have an opportunity to have their prose or poetry published in Inscape, the award-winning fine arts journal published by Ursuline College. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Bay Village residents invited to ‘Dessert and Dialogue’ event Nov. 19: West Shore Chatter," 12 Nov. 2019 Storytime Willow Fork Drainage District’s Central Green Park, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., will feature storytime with award-winning author Maria Ashworth at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18. Houston Chronicle, "Katy calendar of events for the week beginning Nov. 13," 11 Nov. 2019 An award-winning novelist, Susan Strecker, will speak about her book Drive at the Noah Webster Library on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Piper Pierson is on her way to becoming a NASCAR superstar driving for her family’s team, Pierson Racing. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 11 Nov. 2019 Yang is a correspondent with the PBS News Hour and has four decades experience as an award-winning television journalist with major networks and a print reporter with the Washington Post. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Talking about Trump, the media, and the truth," 8 Nov. 2019 Agency Afterhours is a DJ collective of award-winning creative professionals from around the world who share a love of music and desire to connect people through creativity. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago today | Nov. 7," 7 Nov. 2019 Ernest Gaines, the award-winning author of A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Acclaimed Louisiana Novelist Ernest J. Gaines Dies at 86," 6 Nov. 2019 And if precedent is any indication, then her groundbreaking (and award-winning) debut cookbook, The Jemima Code, published in 2015, shows her bookish tendencies. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "Jubilee Is the Celebration of Black Cooking I Didn’t Expect to Love So Deeply," 6 Nov. 2019 And don’t forget to complete your workout ensemble by checking out the full list of award-winning products right here. SELF, "The 11 Best New Workout Tanks, Tops, and Jackets of 2019," 5 Nov. 2019

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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

14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Award.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/awarded. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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