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.


  1. something awarded, as a payment or medal.
  2. Law.
    1. a decision after consideration; a judicial sentence.
    2. the decision of arbitrators on a matter submitted to them.

verb (tr)

  1. to give (something due), esp as a reward for meritto award prizes
  2. law to declare to be entitled, as by decision of a court of law or an arbitrator


  1. something awarded, such as a prize or medalan award for bravery
  2. (in Australia and New Zealand) the amount of an award wage (esp in the phrase above award)
  3. law
    1. the decision of an arbitrator
    2. a grant made by a court of law, esp of damages in a civil action

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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