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 award (audio) \ adjective
awardee \ ə-​ˌwȯr-​ˈdē How to pronounce award (audio) \ noun
awarder \ ə-​ˈwȯr-​dər How to pronounce award (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for award

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: 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 The court did not award attorneys fees for the third defendant that filed a motion for sanctions in the case, Michigan voter Robert Davis. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Young added that Sherwin-Williams believes the Black Contractors Group’s grievance stems from the fact Sherwin-Williams did not award the entire minority construction management role to one of the representatives of the group. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 But the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority didn't award tax credits for it. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2021 Despite protests from Orlando City players on the pitch and coaches on the bench, the referee didn’t award a foul even after video review. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Despite the ball quite clearly bouncing off the crossbar and over the line, the officials on the day did not see it and did not award the goal. Ben Church, CNN, 26 June 2021 In the 2019 awards cycle, the committee did not award a best new artist nod to Lewis Capaldi. Paul Grein, Billboard, 3 May 2021 The suit asked Parker to force Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to overturn the state's election results showing President Joe Biden won and award its electoral college votes to Trump. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 Last year, Trump and his allies appealed to legislators in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona — all states Biden won — to award their electoral votes to him instead. Doyle Mcmanus Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since the Pac-12 started the offensive lineman of the week award in 2019, an Oregon player has won it 12 out of 24 times. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2021 Mayo did not directly give himself credit when discussing the actions that led to his Airman of the Year award, which his father attributed to his son's humility. Ashton Eley, Arkansas Online, 20 Sep. 2021 Previous winners of the I Am Hip Hop award, in addition to those cited above, are Grandmaster Flash, KRS-One, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube, Salt-n-Pepa, Rakim, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Scarface, Luther Campbell and Lil’ Kim. Paul Grein, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2021 Kentucky star running back Chris Rodriguez shared the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week award with Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett this week. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2021 Philip Morris fought the $11 million portion of the jury award, saying punitive damages were precluded by a nationwide tobacco settlement in 1998 in which the state attorney general’s office participated. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Francesca Hong, co-chef and co-owner of Morris Ramen, 106 King St. near Capitol Square, is a winner of the magazine’s new Heads of the Table award. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2021 The result has been a 91-10 record with three state titles, a city parade and — in May — the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches High School Coach of the Year award. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2021 In May, when he was honored with the artist of the decade award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, Drake was accompanied by his son onstage in a surprise appearance. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 14 Sep. 2021

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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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23 Sep 2021

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“Award.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/award. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for award

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

award

transitive verb

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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