Award Definition

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To grant as merited or due.
Awarded prizes to the winners.
American Heritage
To give by the decision of a law court or arbitrator.
The plaintiff was awarded damages.
Webster's New World
To grant an amount or other benefit legally due.
Awarded damages to the plaintiff.
American Heritage
To give as the result of judging the relative merits of those in competition; grant.
To award a prize for the best essay.
Webster's New World
The final decision of an arbitrator. The final decision of a court, jury, or administrative tribunal granting damages or other relief to a party. To formally grant such relief. See also confirmation, judgment, and order.
Webster's New World Law
Something awarded or granted, as for merit.
American Heritage
A decision, as by a judge or arbitrator.
Webster's New World
An amount or other benefit granted as legally due.
American Heritage
Something that is awarded; prize.
Webster's New World

(law) A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.


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Origin of Award

  • Middle English awarden from Anglo-Norman awarder to decide (a legal case) variant of Old North French eswarder es- out (from Latin ex ex–) warder to judge, guard wer-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English awarden, from Anglo-Norman awarder, from Medieval Latin *exwardare, from Latin ex (“out”) + Medieval Latin wardare, guardare (“to observe, regard, guard”); see ward, guard, regard.

    From Wiktionary

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