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award (v.)

late 14c., awarden, "decide after careful observation," from Anglo-French awarder, from Old North French eswarder (Old French esgarder) "decide, judge, give one's opinion" (after careful consideration), from es- "out" (see ex-) + warder "to watch," a word from Germanic (see ward (n.)). Related: Awarded; awarding.

award (n.)

late 14c., award, "decision after consideration," from Anglo-French award, Old French esgard, from esgarder (see award (v.)). The meaning "something awarded" is attested from 1590s.

updated on October 01, 2022

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Definitions of award from WordNet
1
award (n.)
a grant made by a law court;
he criticized the awarding of compensation by the court
Synonyms: awarding
award (n.)
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction;
an award for bravery
Synonyms: accolade / honor / honour / laurels
award (n.)
something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery;
Synonyms: prize
2
award (v.)
give, especially as an honor or reward;
Synonyms: present
award (v.)
give as judged due or on the basis of merit;
the jury awarded a million dollars to the plaintiff
the referee awarded a free kick to the team
Synonyms: grant
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