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 Palomino said he was awarded an event-planning contract by the North Dakota Department of Transportation earlier this year. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio event planner who won lucrative federal contract makes dubious claims about clients, credentials and business affiliations," 24 May 2020 Take Longer Than Expected A new generic drugmaker said it was awarded $354 million in federal funding to make prescription drugs and their raw ingredients in the U.S., including some medicines used to treat patients infected with Covid-19. Jared S. Hopkins And Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Generic Drugmaker Gets Contract to Make Covid-19 Medicines in U.S.," 20 May 2020 After graduating from Dartmouth in 1955 with a degree in history and international relations, he was awarded a James B. Reynolds Scholarship to the London School of Economics. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Nick Kotz, crusading journalist and author, dies at 87," 16 May 2020 After graduating from Dartmouth in 1955 with a degree in history and international relations, he was awarded a James B. Reynolds Scholarship to the London School of Economics. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Nick Kotz, Crusading Journalist and Author, Dies at 87," 15 May 2020 When they were awarded the games seven years ago, Tokyo officials said the Olympics would cost just over $7 billion. Stephen Wade, The Christian Science Monitor, "Even with one year delay, 2021 Tokyo Olympics won't be the same," 15 May 2020 On Global Earth Day last month, April 22, she was awarded a $100,000 prize for her climate activism by Human Act, a Danish worldwide development organization. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, "Greta Thunberg: 'Our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others'," 14 May 2020 She was awarded the Bronze Ball as the third-best player in the tournament and was named one of the world’s top 11 players by FIFA. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup star Rose Lavelle talks soccer, life at Cincinnati home live on Instagram," 29 Apr. 2020 A week later, he was awarded the Norris Trophy for the third straight year and sixth time of his career. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "From stealing apples to winning 4 Stanley Cups: Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom is 50 today," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda, each year, the Lexus Eco Challenge invites students in grades 6-12 to tackle environmental issues in their communities and awards more than $500,000 in prizes. al, "Alabama students win national environmental competition," 27 May 2020 In 12 years, the foundation has raised more than $3 million and provided 11 Young Investigator oncology awards. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Gone By: ‘Smartest man’ Craig Breslow among up-and-coming MLB execs," 26 May 2020 Thomas Murray represented district champion Seven Lakes on the awards list as Offensive Player of the Year. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD boys soccer standouts honored in District 19-6A," 26 May 2020 For the 2020 edition of the nearly century-old news organization award program, four students reside in or attend schools in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, each in the counties of North Fulton and DeKalb respectfully. Kiersten Willis, ajc, "These winners either live or attend schools in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody," 22 May 2020 In the first 100 years since the prestigious award was founded in 1917, 84% of Pulitzer Prizes went to white people, and mostly men. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Global decline in deforestation, and more," 22 May 2020 The Times won six medallions and three merit awards in the Silurians Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism competition for work from the Metro desk. Victoria Shannon, New York Times, "Vaccines, U.S. Reopenings, Flour Frenzy: Your Thursday Briefing," 21 May 2020 Tours, events, and awards shows are all cancelled but luckily fashion is still thriving (for now). Nandi Howard, Essence, "Lizzo Released A Line Of Sunglasses With Quay Australia," 21 May 2020 Jurczyk was the source selection officer for the Artemis lunar lander contract awards, according to public documents. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA's head of human spaceflight abruptly resigns, citing 'mistake'," 20 May 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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Award.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/award. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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