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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 from the web for awards
  • Especially when it comes to this year's film awards.
  • It's not quite awards season in the video game world, but two projects have already earned one.
  • Their cheese has won awards and made it to the menus of some pretty prestigious restaurants.
  • The findings suggest a high number of colleges have had to lower average aid awards to provide them to a larger share of students.
  • The recipients will receive their awards at a ceremony later this year.
  • Whittling this mountain of degrees, awards, and experience down to one perfect professor will be daunting.
  • Adventure's approach to its year-end gear awards is a little different from other magazines.
  • Surviving crewmen remembered an admiral belittling their awards.
  • Nominations for our annual innovation awards are now closed.
  • awards are out of all proportion to the harm inflicted, and are hurting the economy.
British Dictionary definitions for awards

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 awards

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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