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 Rivera was the third former professional athlete to be awarded the Medal of Freedom in the past month, joining former NBA stars Bob Cousy and Jerry West. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Rivera was the third former professional athlete to be awarded the Medal of Freedom in the past month, joining former NBA stars Bob Cousy and Jerry West. chicagotribune.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 16 Sep. 2019 Rivera joined a growing list of professional athletes to be awarded the nation’s highest civilian award by Trump — three within the past month alone. NBC News, "Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball legend Mariano Rivera," 16 Sep. 2019 The mayor’s aides said the bill would go further than existing city ordinances, covering not only planning decisions, but also any action to award money for homeless housing or shelter projects that could also have triggered such a review. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "Homeless shelters in L.A. could be harder to block if Gov. Newsom signs this bill," 13 Sep. 2019 Maryland’s Interagency Commission on School Construction voted Thursday to award $13.4 million to Baltimore County to install temporary air conditioning units in seven schools. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County schools, closed Thursday because of high heat, get air conditioning money from state panel," 12 Sep. 2019 However, the contracts for that work was not scheduled to be awarded until early 2020 and early 2021, according to Esper’s memo. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan seeks answers on plans for Alaska-based missile defense systems," 12 Sep. 2019 It was banned in Boston the following year, and the New York Drama Critics Circle sprang into existence in the wake of the Pulitzer Prize committee’s refusal to award Hellman. Eric Grode, New York Times, "From ‘Sex’ to ‘Superstar,’ 10 Plays That Caused a Stir," 11 Sep. 2019 May's decision to award a knighthood to former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, who was convicted in France in 1998 for assaulting his then girlfriend, was sharply criticized. Rob Picheta, CNN, "British ambassador targeted by Trump is made a lord by Theresa May," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To sign up for this Instant Digital Card, visit https://hcpl.overdrive.com or download Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from Rakuten OverDrive. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Public Library offers digital library card," 16 Sep. 2019 Fantasies of competence are often destroyed on the awards-show stage; musical acts comfortable in the Instagram square have a hard time adjusting to the auditorium. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Normani and the Work of the Pop Princess," 1 Sep. 2019 Priyanka Chopra missed the MTV Video Music Awards last night, so husband Nick Jonas attended the award show with brothers Joe and Kevin, and in-laws Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Trolls Nick Jonas for Awkwardly Fifth-Wheeling His Brothers at the VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 The Handmaid's Tale is one of the streaming service's breakout hits and an awards-show darling. Glamour, "The Best Shows Streaming on Hulu Right Now," 26 Aug. 2019 Their relationship highlights included cute award show PDA, a sweet anniversary locket, and one very romantic island vacation. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Is Taylor Swift's Most Brutal Breakup Track About Calvin Harris?," 24 Aug. 2019 Fans are hoping that the new couple perform the song together live for the first time at the award show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Drop New Steamy "Señorita" Rehearsal Video and It Proves They’ve Had Chemistry All Along," 19 Aug. 2019 The award-winning journalist, political commentator and author died from complications from breast cancer, according to the family statement. NBC News, "Cokie Roberts, renowned journalist with ABC News, dies at 75," 17 Sep. 2019 The California resident owns multiple restaurants, homes in Corinthian Island and Kenwood, and is the developer of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, an award-winning resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Tycoon Arrested After Both His Sons Are Thrown Off His Boat, Tragically Killing His 11-Year-Old," 16 Sep. 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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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of award was in the 13th century

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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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