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

Synonyms for award

Synonyms: Verb

reward

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, blue ribbon, decoration, distinction, honor, kudo, plume, premium, prize

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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

Smith College, which houses Ms. Crowe’s papers in the Sophia Smith Collection, awarded her an honorary degree. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Frances Crowe, peace activist for the ages, dies at 100," 1 Sep. 2019 Harper later won a court case proving that she was wrongfully dumped, and a jury awarded her $1.4 million. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Valerie Harper: ‘Rhoda’ star dead; she wowed with comedy, courage," 30 Aug. 2019 Auburn awarded him an honorary doctor of arts degree in 2001 and formed the Harold A. Franklin Society as part of Auburn’s Multicultural Center. Greg Garrison | Ggarrison@al.com, al, "First black student at Auburn University reflects on Gov. Kay Ivey," 30 Aug. 2019 The jurors discussed ruling for the plaintiff but not awarding him any money. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Trial ends with odd twist as jurors rule against San Antonio dealer who sued automaker," 30 Aug. 2019 One of its founders, Mao Yushi, earned admirers abroad: the Cato Institute, an American think-tank, awarded him a prize in 2012 for his advocacy of a more open political system in China. The Economist, "China bans an independent think-tank critical of its policies," 29 Aug. 2019 Rice University also awarded him with the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "See the world through Robert Flatt’s lens," 16 Aug. 2019 Her admirers were countless — from fellow authors, college students and working people to Barack Obama, who awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom; to Oprah Winfrey, who idolized Morrison and helped greatly expand her readership. Hillel Italie, The Denver Post, "Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 Her admirers were countless — from fellow authors, college students and working people to Barack Obama, who awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom; to Oprah Winfrey, who idolized Morrison and helped greatly expand her readership. Hillel Italie, Fortune, "Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2011, Biden did award a medal to Army Staff Sergeant Chad Workman after the soldier tried to retrieve a dying comrade from a burning vehicle. CBS News, "Joe Biden unapologetic after reportedly mistelling military story," 30 Aug. 2019 Entries will be accepted 6:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday (awards at 3 p.m.). oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Renovation and Landscaping Show, dahlia fest and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Numerous awards, public murals, art exhibitions and commissions later, Ronen exists today as one of Houston’s premier muralists and street artists. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Houston street artist Anat Ronen brings unique experience to Pearl Fincher Museum," 30 Aug. 2019 Others picked up on candid moments from the celebrities in the crowd and amplified them, such as the moment Swift seemed to be in disbelief over winning her award for Video of the Year. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Memes From the 2019 VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Cindy McCain asked DeWine to accept the award, which comes around the one-year anniversary of his death. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Massive ad buy underway to thwart HB 6 referendum: Capitol Letter," 27 Aug. 2019 Cardi B then came on stage and gave a speech outlining just how impactful Elliott has been on the entire music industry before the legend herself came out to accept her Vanguard award. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Missy Elliott's Vanguard Performance at the 2019 VMAs Was Truly Iconic," 27 Aug. 2019 Committees, lectures, fellowships, awards, articles, societies, appointments, panels, and boards. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Here are the biggest awards in the enterprise fund's history, including several companies that later had to return money for failing to meet promised job creation or investment totals. Dallas News, "Here's where Uber's $24 million ranks among state's biggest incentive packages," 26 Aug. 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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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

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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