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[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.
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
Related forms
awardability, noun
awardable, adverb
awarder, noun
misaward, verb (used with object)
superaward, noun
unawardable, adjective
unawarded, adjective
well-awarded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for awarded
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  • Soon Whistler proposed that Sunday receptions should be given in the gallery, and that medals should be awarded.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • The tragedy competition was over, and the prizes had been awarded.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Batty Smith was awarded one and a half year's imprisonment, and appealed against his sentence.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • Also, in the grand distribution of Austrian prize money, Bismarck was awarded $300,000.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • It is individual, and this praise may be awarded the whole work.

British Dictionary definitions for awarded


verb (transitive)
to give (something due), esp as a reward for merit: to 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 medal: an 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 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 awarded



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.

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