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/ 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.


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.



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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

/ (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
awardable, adjectiveawardee, nounawarder, noun
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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