Definition of award in English:



  • 1with two objects Give or order the giving of (something) as an official payment, compensation, or prize to (someone)

    ‘he was awarded the Military Cross’
    ‘a 3.5 per cent pay rise was awarded to staff’
    • ‘And, that if somebody gets injured and it is their own fault, even if they manage to convince a lawyer to act for them, the Court will not award them compensation.’
    • ‘I used to run a bar in East London and made the mistake a couple years ago of awarding the fancy dress prize at a New Year's Eve party to a guy dressed as a suicide bomber.’
    • ‘The DJs play a game where they award winners great prizes.’
    • ‘It would be a just exercise of discretion to award them compensation for the sites acquired.’
    • ‘Vote for your favourite in the comments below and we'll award them a special TSSH prize next week.’
    • ‘My friend, these people have done their work some time before they were awarded the Nobel prize.’
    • ‘He looks quite happy to award them the top prize.’
    • ‘While it's a good video, it's a bit of a slight idea to award some sort of prize to, don't you think?’
    • ‘He proposed using the two available prizes to award them both.’
    • ‘For once, therefore, the Booker panel made the right decision in awarding last year's prize to The Line of Beauty.’
    • ‘The jury at Cannes last year agreed, awarding it the Jury Prize.’
    • ‘A good case can be made for including only finishes for which prize money is awarded.’
    • ‘British companies are still awarding their executives massive pay bonuses despite a press and shareholder outcry.’
    • ‘She said the SNP would award pay increases to nurses as well as implement a new consultants' contract which increases the level of NHS work consultants carry out.’
    • ‘First they award a valuable cash prize to a prominent female scientist (for more details, see below).’
    • ‘Under their plan, a business-financed fund would award claimants a fixed payment based on how sick they are.’
    • ‘Seven members of the IOC panel voted in favour of awarding a gold medal to the Canadians.’
    • ‘In rare cases when errors are discovered, TPIR awards the contestant the prize.’
    • ‘The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civil honor our nation can bestow and we award it today to 12 outstanding individuals.’
    • ‘In the long-running debate about relocating the capital there is popular reluctance to award it the prize.’
    give, grant
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    1. 1.1 Grant or assign (a contract or commission) to (a person or organization)
      ‘the company was awarded a contract to refurbish the timber mill’
      • ‘The Commission objected and a deal was finally struck allowing Uefa to award broadcasting rights contracts for a maximum period of three years.’
      • ‘They must rue awarding him a three-year contract in January.’
      • ‘The process for awarding such a large contract was far from satisfactory, nevertheless.’
      • ‘The call comes on the heels of the Council finally making a decision to award its Dog kennelling contract after two years of debate.’
      • ‘State contracts should be awarded to bidders who offer the best value for money.’
      • ‘Commissioners are unclear how long the process of awarding the state's final license will take.’
      • ‘Members of the playing field association met last night to discuss which of three consultants to award the £25,000 contract to carry out the feasibility study.’
      • ‘Iraqi authorities are expecting by the end of August to award the first three postwar oil contracts.’
      • ‘The contracts are being awarded exclusively to US firms and are by invitation only.’
      • ‘Airport bosses have lobbied the Government to award Waterford a public service obligation contract so it could obtain more Government aid.’
      • ‘But now, members of Congress are questioning whether the military can award such a contract to a company controlled by foreign entities.’
      • ‘However, the committee has a problem with awarding contracts without bidding.’
      • ‘This awards Ministry of Defence contracts to defence companies.’
      • ‘She managed to persuade commissioning editor, Anna Home, to award Scotland a commission for a new programme.’
      • ‘The contract will probably not even be awarded until after the games in late autumn.’
      • ‘And yet, the department of homeland security chose to award this critically important contract to a foreign company.’
      • ‘The Pentagon awards a $300 million security contract in Iraq to a foreign company.’
      • ‘Bankers say they are also a good guide to the future, with corporate clients more likely to award advisory work to investment banks that have successfully advised on a number of large deals.’
      • ‘Contracts for the regeneration project are set to be awarded within the next few weeks.’


  • 1A prize or other mark of recognition given in honour of an achievement.

    ‘the company's annual award for high-quality service’
    • ‘Women from across Yorkshire were honoured yesterday in awards recognising their outstanding achievements.’
    • ‘The Les Routiers annual awards honour establishments which, in the panel's opinion, excel and go the extra mile.’
    • ‘Young volunteers from across Greater Manchester have had their achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony.’
    • ‘One of these is our annual sports awards where we honour those who give of their all in various sporting codes.’
    • ‘He received the youth achievement award at the awards ceremony.’
    • ‘The Clare Lake Development Committee in Claremorris was also honoured with a national award at the same ceremony.’
    • ‘Books and articles are now commissions and performances, and an increased emphasis is placed upon awards, recognitions and honours.’
    • ‘High-flying students from Year 10 and above were awarded prizes and awards for their effort and achievements at the school's annual speech day yesterday.’
    • ‘He was honoured with recognition, awards, and fellowships all through his life.’
    • ‘The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in sports turf management among the 180 state members.’
    • ‘Nobody ever said it would be easy to establish an annual awards ceremony honouring the best productions in Scottish film and television.’
    • ‘Andrew, aged just 15, received an award to mark his achievement from his school De La Salle College.’
    • ‘Ever since then, the annual awards have given recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year.’
    • ‘He collected a swathe of international honours, awards and prizes along the way, not least the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology.’
    • ‘Several American institutions have given him awards and prizes in recognition of his services.’
    • ‘Laois County Council has established a literature award to mark the annual Bealtaine Literature Festival, which is now in its eight year.’
    • ‘This award honours the great achievements of people aged 16 or under who make a positive commitment to their local community life.’
    • ‘A couple who gave their 50th blood donation were presented with awards to mark their achievement.’
    • ‘The Federation of Small Businesses has launched its annual business awards, which honour the cream of south Wiltshire enterprise.’
    • ‘He was presented with a special recognition award to mark his achievements since his days as young student at the old Waterville Vocational School.’
    prize, trophy, medal
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    1. 1.1 An amount of money given as an official payment, compensation, or grant.
      ‘a 1.5 per cent pay award’
      • ‘Below are charts that show the numbers of grants, the amount of annual awards and grant distribution.’
      • ‘Law-abiding drivers will have to fork out extra to pay for compensation awards to victims of some 1,000 hit-and-run incidents being dealt with by insurers.’
      • ‘Even students who are not eligible for the full amount of these awards pay nothing up front, unlike the present system which requires an annual fixed fee of £1, 125.’
      • ‘As we have seen, the Commission considered that the RPI index provided a suitable mechanism for adjusting awards to compensate for the fall in the value of money.’
      • ‘Now the measure would cut Pell grant awards at the same time that tuition continues to soar.’
      • ‘Then the court must decide whether the unjust enrichment should be compensated through a monetary award or through the granting of a proprietary interest.’
      • ‘Some €142 million of that amount was paid out in compensation awards, with the balance made up of legal and administrative costs.’
      • ‘Is it that claims for severe injuries are increasing or that the monetary amount of awards continues to increase?’
      • ‘The Committee also recommended that the Foundation fund $120,000 for AORN scholarships and grant awards.’
      • ‘But he made it clear that the Government would not be coerced into conceding pay awards which threatened wage inflation as other public sector employees tried to catch up.’
      • ‘In previous years unions have linked the rising cost of living to larger pay awards.’
      • ‘Around £120,000 has already been collected towards the double renovation project in the form of promised grants and awards.’
      • ‘This would be backed by a so-called Book of Quantum which would help determine a scale of compensation awards.’
      • ‘He also ridiculed artists and writers who apply for Arts Council funding - despite the fact he has received about #20,000 from it in grants, awards and bursaries.’
      • ‘Some of the many benefits available to AORN members include scholarship awards and education grants through the AORN Foundation.’
      • ‘Compensation awards in the UK are dwarfed by the huge sums paid out in the US to women who have successfully raised complaints of sex discrimination and harassment.’
      • ‘Where there are multiple victims and there are insufficient funds to meet all victims' awards, the available money will be paid out on a proportional basis.’
      • ‘Almost 83 per cent of the school's $260 000 in award money was granted to male athletes.’
      • ‘The alimony award granted to his wife jeopardized Hall's ownership of his property, threatening his status as an independent producer.’
      • ‘The amount of the scholarship award will be determined on the basis of available funds and the financial need of the participant.’
      payment, settlement, compensation, damages
      grant, scholarship
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    2. 1.2mass noun The action of giving a payment, compensation, or prize.
      ‘the award of an honorary doctorate’
      count noun ‘an award of damages’
      • ‘Congress mandates that federal agencies award 23% of contracts to small businesses.’
      • ‘First the court has made no award of damages to the claimants.’
      • ‘But that was the substratum for the judge's award of damages.’
      • ‘The bailout bill limits the amount of damages the victims can collect, by forbidding any award of punitive damages against the airlines.’
      • ‘Accordingly, no award of compensation was made.’
      • ‘He says that if he wins, all money from punitive damages and any award for breach of academic freedom will go into a trust fund for academic freedom.’
      • ‘Any reasonable award of damages is likely to be so low in comparison to the costs of a trial that those costs will be entirely disproportionate to the issues at stake for the parties.’
      • ‘It followed that the master's award of damages for the owner's increased costs of completion had to be set aside.’
      • ‘I do not accept that the evidence in this case warrants continuing an award of compensatory support.’
      • ‘Hence any award of damages has to be reduced on account of that by one-third.’
      • ‘We are not told how this action is being funded, or who is to benefit and to what extent from any award of damages.’
      • ‘A judge's award of general damages is not intrinsically better than a jury's.’
      • ‘Take such a factor as a potentially higher award of damages.’
      • ‘Where the harm is attributable partly to the fault of the defendant and partly to that of the claimant then any award of damages may be reduced by reason of the claimant's contributory negligence.’
      • ‘The commission also recommends that social welfare payments should be deducted from the appropriate component of any award of damages.’
      • ‘Parenthetically, it is inconsistent with his submission that there should be no award of damages for loss of opportunity.’
      • ‘The case that was put by the appellants was there should be no award for these damages.’
      • ‘An interim report by council chief executive, made public in February, has already uncovered serious concerns about the award of the grant.’
      • ‘The court also set aside the tribunal's award of damages.’
      • ‘Take, for example, the issue of the award of discretionary grants to students.’
      • ‘This month the court of appeal upheld the High Court's award of damages for infringement of his copyright.’
      giving, granting, conferment, conferral, presentation, bestowal
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘issue a judicial decision’, also denoting the decision itself): from Anglo-Norman French awarder, variant of Old French esguarder ‘consider, ordain’, from es- (from Latin ex ‘thoroughly’) + guarder ‘watch (over)’, based on a word of Germanic origin related to ward; compare with guard.