• WordNet 3.6
    • v award give, especially as an honor or reward "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
    • v award give as judged due or on the basis of merit "the referee awarded a free kick to the team","the jury awarded a million dollars to the plaintiff","Funds are granted to qualified researchers"
    • n award a grant made by a law court "he criticized the awarding of compensation by the court"
    • n award a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction "an award for bravery"
    • n award something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery "the prize was a free trip to Europe"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Nobel Peace prize was first awarded in 1901 to Jean Henry Dunant, who was the founder of the Swiss Red Cross
    • Award A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted. "Impatient for the award .""An award had been given against."
    • Award The paper containing the decision of arbitrators; that which is warded.
    • v. i Award To determine; to make an award.
    • v. t Award 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. "To review
      The wrongful sentence, and award a new."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called "The Webby Award."
    • award To adjudge to be due; assign or bestow as of right; give by judicial determination or deliberate judgment, especially upon arbitration or umpirage: as, to award the prizes at a school examination; the arbitrators awarded him heavy damages.
    • award To sentence; adjudge or determine the doom of.
    • award In a general sense, to permit the possession of; allow; allot; yield.
    • n award A decision after examination and deliberation; a judicial sentence; especially, the decision of arbitrators on points submitted to them, or the document containing such a decision.
    • n award That which is awarded or assigned by such a decision, as a medal for merit, or a sum of money as damages, etc.
    • award To guard.
    • award To ward off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Historically, a blue ribbon has been awarded for first prize
    • v.t Award a-wawrd′ to adjudge: to determine
    • n Award judgment: final decision, esp. of arbitrators
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  • Robert Graves
    Robert Graves
    “The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.”
  • Jack Benny
    Jack Benny
    “I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis, and I don't deserve that, either.”
  • Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
    “Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”
  • Sean Penn
    Sean Penn
    “You tolerate me, you really tolerate me. [Accepting his Independent Spirit Award]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. eswarder, to look at, consider, decide, judge; es,L. ex,) + warder, garder, to observe, take heed, keep, fr. OHG. wartēn, to watch, guard. See Ward


In literature:

A life pension of 6,000 francs was awarded to him by the government of Louis Philippe.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
He consequently disregarded the honorary awards which the Senate had decreed him, and insisted on actually appearing on the stage.
"Nero" by Jacob Abbott
It would be quite impossible for me to gain such an award.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The Royal Society awarded her one of its Royal medals in 1906.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He had, however, behaved well in the field, and, in spite of his dismissal, was awarded the New Zealand war medal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
With much unction, the lion's share has been awarded to the lion.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
I was awarded the prize.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
Babtie, Major W., C.M.G., M.B., 365; awarded the V.C., 366.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
The Council, or a committee selected from its members, is known for this purpose as the Court of Awards.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
If the player really succeeds in cutting the string, a present is awarded as a prize.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various

In poetry:

By fate's benevolent award,
Should I survive the day,
I'll drink a bumper with my lord
Upon the last of May.
"The Last Of May" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Such were his merits whom the Muse deplores,
The Wit, the Statesman, Orator, and Bard!
Nor when his frailties jealous truth explores,
Shall Candour shrink from her supreme award?
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
We in suffering, they in crime,
Wait the just award of time,
Wait the vengeance that is due;
Not in vain a heart shall break,
Not a tear for Freedom's sake
Fall unheeded: God is true.
"Burial of Barber" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Phyllidula is scrawny but amorous,
Thus have the gods awarded her,
That in pleasure she receives more than she can give;
If she does not count this blessed
Let her change her religion.
"Phyllidula" by Ezra Pound
A bill was fil'd--the cause was heard--
Against trustees was made award--
"That to the hungry man shall come
The annual int'rest of that sum,
During his natural life; and then
Revert unto the heirs agen."
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton
"'Thou darling of a vassal host,
Thy parents' stay, thy kinsman's boast;
Thou favourite in a monarch's eyes,
Whose gracious hand awards the prize;
Thee does the brightest lot betide,
The best domain, the fairest bride!'
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Third" by Matilda Betham

In news:

The Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors has awarded its annual Orpheus Award to the Carolyn and Lowell Guthrie Family.
SJRMC also received the Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence Award the Joint Surgery Excellence Award and the Spine Surgery Excellence Award for 2011.
Rezin Orthopedics And Sports Medicine has been selected for the 2012 Best of Joliet Award in the Orthopedic Physician category by the Joliet Award Program.
Popular Mechanics award Lehr Inc a 2012 Breakthrough Award for the first ever OEM propane-fueled outboard motors.
Popular Mechanics award Lehr Inc a 2012 Breakthrough Award for the first ever OEM propane-fueled outboard motor s.
This year the company received two red dot awards and three Good Design awards.
Now that the Golden Globes has flopped and the Academy Awards are in jeopardy, the Screen Actors Guild and Film Independent Spirit awards shows have a chance to shine this year.
I saw where Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter Vince Gill took home a couple of honors at the annual Inspirational Country Music awards show last week.
The University of South Dakota's student newspaper, The Volante, has been awarded the National Pacemaker Award.
Guinan earns first Panhellenic award Kristin Guinan, a freshman from Blair, NE, has been awarded the first ever University of South Dakota Panhellenic Scholarship.
Julie Bowen suited up for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. See what the stars wore to the 2011 SAG Awards.
Justin Bieber accepts the award for favorite pop rock album for "Believe" at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, Nove.
SIXTEEN years ago, Judd Hirsch won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Nat, an 81-year-old New York Jewish leftie who spends his days gabbing on a Central Park bench in Herb Gardner's Tony Award-winning play "I'm Not Rappaport".
OXFORD — Dr Antoinette Parvis has been awarded the membership key award by Lions Clubs International to acknowledge her contribution in sponsoring two new members to the Oxford Lions Club.
The cast of Sister Act The Musical, headed by Tony Award winner Victoria Clark and Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller, performed and posed for photos at a March 2 press event held at New 42 Rehearsal Studios.

In science:

Research partially supported by a Max Planck award to D.A.
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
This work was supported in part by NSF award AST-9988146.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
Support for this work was provided by NASA through Hubble Fellowship grant HSTHF-01136.01 awarded by the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., for NASA, under contract NAS 526555.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
McDonnell Foundation within the framework of the 21st Century Collaborative Activity Award for Studying Complex Systems (pro ject ”Understanding and Prediction of Critical Transitions in Complex Systems”) and in part by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant 02-01-00158).
On the uniqueness of the branching parameter for a random cascade measure
Research supported by Discovery Grants and a Leadership Support Initiative Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. † Research supported by a Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Province of Ontario.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces