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award

[uh-wawrd] /əˈwɔrd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to give as due or merited; assign or bestow:
to award prizes.
2.
to bestow by judicial decree; assign or appoint by deliberate judgment, as in arbitration:
The plaintiff was awarded damages of $100,000.
noun
3.
something awarded, as a payment or medal.
4.
Law.
  1. a decision after consideration; a judicial sentence.
  2. the decision of arbitrators on a matter submitted to them.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Related forms
awardability, noun
awardable, adverb
awarder, noun
misaward, verb (used with object)
superaward, noun
unawardable, adjective
unawarded, adjective
well-awarded, adjective
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Examples for award
  • Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.
  • They laughed that he recently skipped an award ceremony because not enough people were going to see him accept the award.
  • Tech award winners focus on putting gadgetry to good use worldwide.
  • Nearly every profession publicly honors its top performers with an award.
  • Several wags nominated our vaporware story itself for an award.
  • At the beginning of the fair it won an award for creativity.
  • Even some winners would be on the hook, if the jury award is much less than they had previously been offered in a settlement.
  • So here's a brief rundown of what it turns out your company's employees can do and still win that lucrative award.
  • Populism argues that government should instead interrupt those conditions to award prosperity specifically and temporarily.
  • There was an award ceremony, a fashion show, and blondie performed at the closing party.
British Dictionary definitions for award

award

/əˈwɔːd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give (something due), esp as a reward for merit to award prizes
2.
(law) to declare to be entitled, as by decision of a court of law or an arbitrator
noun
3.
something awarded, such as a prize or medal an award for bravery
4.
(in Australia and New Zealand) the amount of an award wage (esp in the phrase above award)
5.
(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
awardable, adjective
awardee, noun
awarder, noun
Word Origin
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
v.

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.

n.

late 14c., "decision after consideration," from Anglo-French award, Old French esguard, from esguarder (see award (v.)). Meaning "something awarded" is first attested 1590s.

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