Award meaning

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Award is defined as to present something like a prize or certificate to a person who has earned it.

An example of award is when you hand out trophies to the winning team.

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To give by the decision of a law court or arbitrator.

The plaintiff was awarded damages.

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To grant an amount or other benefit legally due.

Awarded damages to the plaintiff.

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To grant as merited or due.

Awarded prizes to the winners.

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Something awarded or granted, as for merit.
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An amount or other benefit granted as legally due.
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To give as the result of judging the relative merits of those in competition; grant.

To award a prize for the best essay.

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A decision, as by a judge or arbitrator.
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Something that is awarded; prize.
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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.
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(law) A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.
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(law) The paper containing the decision of arbitrators; that which is warded.
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A trophy or medal; something that denotes an accomplishment, especially in a competition. A prize or honor based on merit.
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(Australia, NZ, industrial relations) A negotiated minimum wage that is set for a particular trade or industry; an industrial award.
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(law) To give by sentence or judicial determination; to assign or apportion, after careful regard to the nature of the case; to adjudge; as, the arbitrators awarded damages to the complainant.
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(intransitive) To determine; to make or grant an award.
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To give an award (prize) for merit.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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The definition of award is something you receive for doing well.

A plaque you receive for volunteering the most hours at a shelter is an example of an award.

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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