[ uh-wawrd ]
/ əˈwɔrd /

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.


something awarded, as a payment or medal.
  1. a decision after consideration; a judicial sentence.
  2. the decision of arbitrators on a matter submitted to them.

Nearby words

  1. await,
  2. awaji,
  3. awake,
  4. awaken,
  5. awakening,
  6. award wage,
  7. awardee,
  8. aware,
  9. awareness,
  10. awash

Origin of award

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

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


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)
  1. the decision of an arbitrator
  2. a grant made by a court of law, esp of damages in a civil action
Derived Formsawardable, 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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Word Origin and History for award
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