\ 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



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


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


Synonyms: Noun

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

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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


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.


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

The Rotary Club of Richmond awarded scholarships to six high school students from Foster and Lamar Consolidated High Schools. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Rotary Club of Richmond awards scholarships," 10 June 2019 He was awarded joint custody of the girl in Sedgwick County, Kansas, when the couple divorced and his ex-wife didn't have permission to leave with the children. Fox News, "Woman sentenced for taking child from Kansas to Russia," 7 June 2019 During his career he was awarded numerous honors including an 11-time Pro Bowl selection and 7- time First-team All-Pro selection. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "Photos: Former 49er reduces price of Danville mansion by $1.7M," 7 June 2019 The council awards a $1,000 college scholarship to the winner of the Miss Aurora Puerto Rican pageant, and smaller scholarships to those competing in a multi-cultural category. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fundraising continues for Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival," 6 June 2019 Because the Cardinals have the top waiver priority in the NFL, they will be awarded the rights to Harrison once the transaction clears at NFL headquarters in New York. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Report: Arizona Cardinals adding Desmond Harrison with waiver claim to help offensive line," 6 June 2019 He was also awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaque from the MLK Task Force for his work sponsoring student activities in JP Schools, according to the district., "Isaac Joseph, Jefferson Parish’s former schools superintendent, dead at 64," 3 June 2019 The South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union recently awarded 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships to local students during the 23rd annual Hubert O. Sibley Scholarship Ceremony. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Credit union awards 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships," 3 July 2018 Coca came to the United States to study after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the younger chef who was so inspired by her sunny TV personality will soon receive an award in her honor. Maura Judkis,, "José Andrés learned English by watching Julia Child. Now he’s getting an award in her name," 11 June 2019 Patrick DeJuilio of Berwyn received the president’s award for best new artist. Kimberly Fornek,, "Painters, sculptors and jewelry makers set up shop in Hinsdale's Burlington Park," 10 June 2019 The Klaw), who won the Finals MVP award in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. Editors, USA TODAY, "NBA finals, Mexico tariffs and Southern Baptist meeting: 5 things you need to know Monday," 10 June 2019 Kirchen received the highest award for his community engagement. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s ‘Officer of the Year’ honored again for professionalism and compassion," 8 June 2019 Her character, comedian Katherine Newbury, is accepting an award for her decades-long career as a late-night host while wearing a metallic Talbot Runhof dress to mark the occasion. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Late Night' Costume Designer Breaks Down Emma Thompson's Power Pantsuits," 7 June 2019 That year, the show won the Critics’ Choice award for best original score. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Fringe fave ‘Just This Once’ recorded for download, CD," 7 June 2019 Nine members of the 11-man patrol will receive awards for valor, including the three others who were killed; Sgt. David Martin, CBS News, "Father of slain U.S. soldier unhappy with Pentagon decision to punish just 1 senior officer over Niger ambush," 6 June 2019 Kiyindou Yamakasi His bet is paying off with the first comic book of the Orishas series having been read by more than 50,000 people and also having won the last year’s Lagos Comic Con award for Best Child Friendly comic book. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The Congolese storyteller drawing on African mythology and spirituality for his comic books," 2 June 2019

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First Known Use of award


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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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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)



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


\ 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



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



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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