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 In an email on July 2, the Office Depot representative exchanged emails with Scarlett, inquiring about the decision to award Mayorca the initial $4.7 million contract, including production and distribution. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County rushed to mail masks to the public. Did they get the best deal?," 24 Oct. 2020 The match had a number of controversial VAR moments, particularly the decision to award Neymar a second penalty late in the game with the score tied at 2-2, a decision which surprised even the Brazilian players. Matias Grez, CNN, "Neymar surpasses Ronaldo's goal tally and closes in on Pele's all-time record with hat-trick for Brazil," 14 Oct. 2020 Legends Resort and Casino is in the process of appealing the Racing Commission’s decision to award the sole casino license in Pope County to Gulfside. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Rejected applicant sues to stop Pope County casino annex," 13 Oct. 2020 Last year, the committee’s decision to award the Nobel to Austrian author Peter Handke also raised eyebrows. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "American Poet Louise Glück Wins Nobel Prize in Literature," 8 Oct. 2020 Our panel of judges will award prizes for first, second and third place, plus best in show. Star Tribune, "Fun for Fido and the family," 5 Oct. 2020 Thiel will have more control over the company than any other individual or investor group, and an unconventional voting structure will award additional power to Thiel and two other co-founders in perpetuity. Lizette Chapman, Bloomberg.com, "Peter Thiel Tightens His Grip on Palantir Ahead of Public Listing," 29 Sep. 2020 The program will award individual grants in the amount of $1,000 to local businesses through a lottery process that will take place in two phases and coincides with the launch of the Pasadena Cares Financial Assistance Grant Program. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Business notebook: Garcia's office hosts free virtual job fair," 28 Sep. 2020 Celebrity guests will award viewers with special prizes and raffle items throughout the program. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Robert Pattinson, Lily Collins and Ewan McGregor to Host Virtual GO Gala to Benefit COVID-19 Relief," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The contract award in May was the second round after Beshear threw out contracts awarded to the same five companies in the final days of the administration of former Gov. Matt Bevin in November 2019. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Judge orders Anthem must keep a share of the state's $8 billion in Medicaid contracts," 23 Oct. 2020 This award is so named because no one person has given more to public libraries than Andrew Carnegie. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Community Service Day still popular even after long delay: Whit & Whimsey," 23 Oct. 2020 This award recognizing an Alaska Native with a strong commitment to serving in the U.S. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Federation of Natives announces 2020 President’s awards during online convention," 19 Oct. 2020 The award will be part of the union’s annual Players Choice Awards and be given for the first time Thursday. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball players’ union will bestow annual award in honor of Curt Flood," 19 Oct. 2020 Many felt the award was a political statement — aimed at empowering Obama and criticizing the policies of his then-unpopular predecessor, George W. Bush. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Destroying the Institutions We Inherited," 15 Oct. 2020 Hard to not give this award to someone who averages 11.6 yards per carry and accounts for close to half of the entire rushing production. Trevor Ritchie, NOLA.com, "McMain picks up first win with 32-7 victory against Lusher," 15 Oct. 2020 The award is lower than the $7.5 billion judgment granted to the U.S. last year in a parallel dispute against Boeing’s European rival, Airbus SE. Bryce Baschuk, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Says U.S. to Strike Harder If EU Starts $4 Billion Tariffs," 15 Oct. 2020 The state award has been around for more than 60 years. Washington Post, "Eric Hale is the first Black man named Texas Teacher of the Year: ‘I’m not the first to deserve it’," 14 Oct. 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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28 Oct 2020

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“Award.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/award. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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