Definition of award verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

award

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈwɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwɔːrd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they award
BrE BrE//əˈwɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwɔːrd//
 
he / she / it awards
BrE BrE//əˈwɔːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwɔːrdz//
 
past simple awarded
BrE BrE//əˈwɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwɔːrdɪd//
 
past participle awarded
BrE BrE//əˈwɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwɔːrdɪd//
 
-ing form awarding
BrE BrE//əˈwɔːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwɔːrdɪŋ//
 
 
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 [transitive] to make an official decision to give something to somebody as a payment, prize, etc. award something (to somebody) The judges awarded equal points to both finalists. award (somebody) something The judges awarded both finalists equal points. He was awarded damages of £50 000. Word Origin 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.Extra examples He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize with Alex Mueller. Honours were automatically awarded to senior officials just because they were senior. Promotions were automatically awarded to senior officials. She mentally awarded herself top marks for staying cool under pressure. The prize is awarded annually for the best new building.
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