- 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
- 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
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.