- 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.
- something awarded, as a payment or medal.
- a decision after consideration; a judicial sentence.
- the decision of arbitrators on a matter submitted to them.
Origin of award
Related Words for awardtrophy, gold, gift, grant, presentation, decision, citation, donation, accolade, verdict, endowment, honor, scholarship, reward, distribute, confer, bestow, allot, donate, assign
Examples from the Web for award
Contemporary Examples of award
But I had won the British Award, Best Foreign Actor, so I went.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The award surprised Lewis, but it also struck the right note.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
His photography has won more than a hundred awards, including the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
He declined to award £30 to Miss Manners for her taxi journey but awarded her £10 travel expenses.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
The time is ripe—and right—for action to begin that would divest Russia of the World Cup and award it to another nation.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of award
The reader, however, cannot fail to award justice to the wrong-doers.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Here, at the sixth award, let us make an end; all that remains is to set the crown on our discourse.Philebus
Instead of this, shall I choose what I well know to be evil, and award that?
We depart again upon your assurance that you cannot award us more.Captain Blood
The officials were vainly striving to quiet the tumult so they could award the prize.Lighter Than You Think
- 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
- 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)
- the decision of an arbitrator
- a grant made by a court of law, esp of damages in a civil action
Word Origin for award
Word Origin and History for award
late 14c., "decide after careful observation," from Anglo-French awarder, from Old North French eswarder (Old French esguarder) "decide, examine" (after careful consideration), from es- "out" + guarder "to watch" (see guard (n.)). Related: Awarded; awarding.
late 14c., "decision after consideration," from Anglo-French award, Old French esguard, from esguarder (see award (v.)). Meaning "something awarded" is first attested 1590s.