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 \ -​ˈwȯr-​də-​bəl How to pronounce awardable (audio) \ adjective
awardee \ -​ˌwȯr-​ˈdē How to pronounce awardee (audio) \ noun
awarder \ -​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

Swarovski was awarded the Social Impact in Sustainability award for her company’s century-spanning dedication to sustainability, environmental protection, and fair labor practices. Natalie Nudell, Vogue, "Beneath the American Museum of Natural History’s Big Blue Whale, Fashion’s Finest Attended the Sustainability-Themed FIT Gala," 5 Apr. 2019 For the first time ever, the most prestigious mathematics prize in the world was awarded to a woman. Glamour, "Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, The First Woman to Ever Win the ‘Nobel Prize of Math’," 22 Mar. 2019 Lesley Lawson – @Twiggy - was awarded a Damehood by The Prince of Wales. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Downton Abbey's Mr. Carson Receives an Honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace," 14 Mar. 2019 For his prize, T-Pain was awarded a golden trophy, which viewers have mixed feelings about. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "T-Pain's 'Masked Singer' Winner Prize Is a Little Disappointing," 28 Feb. 2019 The Up house, named Up, Up & Away, and created by Libby Morgan Hall and Danny Teague— was actually awarded first runner up in the competition. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "You'll Squee With Delight At This Award-Winning Up Gingerbread House," 24 Dec. 2018 Last year's Voice champion, Brynn Cartelli, was reportedly awarded a $100,000 cash prize in addition to a Universal Music Group record deal. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What Do 'The Voice' Winners Get as a Prize?," 19 Dec. 2018 Finally, in 2016, at the age of 56, Terry Jo was awarded her doctorate degree. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 For his bravery, the pigeon was awarded the Croix de Guerre, a French military honor. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pigeons Are Actually the Most Magnificent Bird," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Following von Furstenberg, Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington, Julia Stiles, and Allison Williams presented the awards to the honorees. Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, Vogue, "Anita Hill, Nadia Murad, Katy Perry, and More Received DVF Awards at Last Night’s Ceremony," 13 Apr. 2019 Before he was forced to resign, Mr. Moonves was slated to receive total compensation of about $47 million in cash and stock awards in 2018, according to the filing. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves Forfeited $34.5 Million of 2018 Compensation," 12 Apr. 2019 Professor Hill, who took home the big award of the evening, was introduced and presented the honor by Gloria Steinem. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anita Hill Delivers a Powerful Call to Action at the 2019 DVF Awards," 12 Apr. 2019 Her success earned her the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 award in 2012, and twice, Sellers (then Sarah Callister) was named Weber State’s Female Athlete of the Year. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 Singer and American Idol judge Lionel Richie has long been a music industry icon, building himself a long career filled with chart-topping hits and multiple Grammy awards. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question About 'American Idol' Judge Lionel Richie's Famous Kids, Answered," 6 Apr. 2019 While Ari won't be able to accept any awards, Frankie will be there on her behalf. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here's Why Ariana Grande Isn't At the 2019 Kids' Choice Awards," 24 Mar. 2019 Annie, who studied neuroscience at Oxford, ended up pursuing her true passion of documentary filmmaking, ultimately winning a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award; John has six children and is a retired oil and shipping businessman. Julia Bainbridge, Allure, "What Sex Is Really Like After 70, According to XConfessions' New Documentary," 14 Mar. 2019 Congratulations to God of War as well, and Geoff Keighley for hosting a pretty solid E3 press conference awards show as always. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "All the big reveals at The Game Awards 2018," 7 Dec. 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 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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