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award

[ uh-wawrd ]
/ əˈwɔrd /
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verb (used with object)
to give as due or merited; assign or bestow: to award prizes.
to bestow by judicial decree; assign or appoint by deliberate judgment, as in arbitration: The plaintiff was awarded damages of $100,000.
noun
something awarded, as a payment or medal.
Law.
  1. a decision after consideration; a judicial sentence.
  2. the decision of arbitrators on a matter submitted to them.
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Origin of award

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English awarden<Anglo-French awarder, equivalent to a-a-4 + warder ≪ Germanic; compare Old English weardian to guard, ward; (noun) Middle English <Anglo-French, derivative of awarder

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British Dictionary definitions for award

award
/ (əˈwɔːd) /

verb (tr)
to give (something due), esp as a reward for meritto award prizes
law to declare to be entitled, as by decision of a court of law or an arbitrator
noun
something awarded, such as a prize or medalan award for bravery
(in Australia and New Zealand) the amount of an award wage (esp in the phrase above award)
law
  1. the decision of an arbitrator
  2. a grant made by a court of law, esp of damages in a civil action

Derived forms of award

awardable, adjectiveawardee, nounawarder, noun

Word Origin for award

C14: from Anglo-Norman awarder, from Old Northern French eswarder to decide after investigation, from es- ex- 1 + warder to observe; see ward
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