award

verb
\ə-ˈwȯrd \
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 \ -​ˈwȯr-​də-​bəl \ adjective
awardee \ -​ˌwȯr-​ˈdē \ noun
awarder \ -​ˈwȯr-​dər \ 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

For her service Betty has been awarded the Silver Service Medallion by the National WWII Museum, and President Barack Obama presented her with a coin with the presidential seal. Shaniqwa Jarvis, Glamour, "The 97-Year-Old Park Ranger Who Doesn’t Have Time for Foolishness," 2 Nov. 2018 Designer Rüdiger Dorn was awarded the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres prize for his effort. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Istanbul: The Dice Game," 20 Oct. 2018 According to Wikipedia, the first doctoral degree was awarded in Paris around 1150, indicating one was qualified to teach in a university. Dennis Seitz, WSJ, "Doctors Came First, When Surgeons Were Still Barbers," 16 Oct. 2018 In the past, millions of dollars and plenty of V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency, have been awarded in competitions. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s new tournaments let anyone compete against pros for prizes," 15 Oct. 2018 About halfway through the show, Weiss was awarded the trophy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for his position as the director of this year's Academy Awards. Andrea Park, Allure, "Director Glenn Weiss Proposed to His Girlfriend During His 2018 Emmy Awards Acceptance Speech," 17 Sep. 2018 The pilot project for wrap ads awarded the port 20 percent of ad revenue, with the remainder going to the property hosting the ad. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 The jury awarded $550 million and later added $4.14 billion in punitive damages against the company for allegedly failing to warn that its talcum powder raised the risk of ovarian cancer. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 13 July 2018 The state awarded a $5 million tax credit toward the project this week. Chris Pugh, Cincinnati.com, "Union Terminal to be part of LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Columbus," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bonuses are described in court papers as incentive awards. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Westmoreland Paid Millions in Executive Bonuses in Year Before Bankruptcy," 9 Nov. 2018 The move was seen as a response to the Air Force rocket development awards to private American space companies. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 2018 HP’s flagship HP Spectre x360 13 convertible laptop has previously won PCWorld’s Editor’s Choice award on the strength of its frequent, substantive improvements. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life," 23 Oct. 2018 Jones struggled with drinking and substance abuse and even showed up to award shows obviously inebriated. Fox News, "9 of country music's most shocking moments," 4 Oct. 2018 Twenty-six Kentucky students won this award this year; 25 are local students. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "24 local students receive awards in PTA contests unique to Kentucky," 13 July 2018 Next to Citronica housing and a stop along the San Diego Trolley line, the Promenade Park won an award in 2014 from the local chapter of the American Public Works Association. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Architecture students hope to freshen Lemon Grove park," 11 July 2018 In that series, Dirk Nowitzki averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds on his way to winning the Finals MVP award. 2004: Detroit Pistons Coming into the 2003-04 season, the Pistons were a good, but not great, team. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "NBA superteams haven't won all the championships: 5 surprise winners," 9 July 2018 Phoebe Bridgers Indie-pop folk singer Phoebe Bridgers wins the Eaux Claires MVP award. Erin Richards And Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires IV review: Day 2 music," 8 July 2018

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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

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

Noun

see award entry 1

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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 \
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

a : arbitrator's award

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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