Synonyms & Antonyms of award

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1 something given in recognition of achievement
  • Faye received the highest award in the 16 and under category for her poem

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2 a position arrived at after consideration
  • in their award the board of arbitrators declared that both writers deserved screen credit for their contributions to the final screenplay

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Synonyms & Antonyms of award (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give something as a token of gratitude or admiration for a service or achievement
  • we will award the top three contestants in the essay competition

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2 to give the ownership or benefit of (something) formally or publicly
  • custody of the boy was awarded to the grandparents

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How does the verb award contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of award are accord, concede, grant, and vouchsafe. While all these words mean "to give as a favor or a right," award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors.

awarded the company a huge defense contract

When is accord a more appropriate choice than award?

Although the words accord and award have much in common, accord implies giving to another what is due or proper.

accorded all the honors befitting a head of state

When can concede be used instead of award?

While in some cases nearly identical to award, concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim.

even her critics concede she can be charming

In what contexts can grant take the place of award?

The meanings of grant and award largely overlap; however, grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld.

granted them a new hearing

Where would vouchsafe be a reasonable alternative to award?

The words vouchsafe and award can be used in similar contexts, but vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension.

vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples

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

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“Award.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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