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Award appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Draw a strategy; get arts award.
  • Draw a nasal ward’s drawl as an award.
  • Draw - aye, no melody - dole-money award.
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Usage statistics for the noun award:

spoken English9.62%written English90.38% imaginative writing1.67%informational writing98.33%

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Definition of the noun award

What does award mean as a name of something?

Award is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: awards

  1. a grant made by a law court
    • example: he criticized the awarding of compensation by the court
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of award: awarding
    • more generic words: grant / subsidisation / subsidization = the act of providing a subsidy
    • more specific word: addiction = a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person
  2. a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
    • example: an award for bravery
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of award: accolade / honor / honour / laurels
    • more generic word: symbol = an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
    • more specific terms:
      • trophy / prize = something given as a token of victory
      • aliyah = the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah
      • academic degree / degree = an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
      • pennant / crown = the award given to the champion
      • seal of approval / cachet / seal = an indication of approved or superior status
      • commendation / citation = an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
      • distinction = an honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority
      • honorable mention / mention = an official recognition of merit
      • varsity letter / letter = an award earned by participation in a school sport
      • laurel wreath / decoration / medallion / ribbon / medal / palm = an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
      • trophy = an award for success in war or hunting
      • Emmy = an annual award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in television
      • Nobel prize = an annual award for outstanding contributions to chemistry or physics or physiology and medicine or literature or economics or peace
      • Academy Award / Oscar = an annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance
      • Prix de Rome = an annual prize awarded by the French government in a competition of painters and artists and sculptors and musicians and architects
      • Prix Goncourt = an award given annually for contributions to French literature
  3. something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of award: prize
    • more generic word: gift = something acquired without compensation
    • more specific terms:
      • scholarship = financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit
      • fellowship = money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research
      • gratuity = an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation
      • door prize = tickets are passed out at the entrance to a dance or party or other social function and a prize is awarded to the holder of the winning ticket
      • jackpot = any outstanding award
      • prize money = any money given as a prize
      • premium = a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement to purchase products, enter competitions initiated by business interests, etc.

Alternative definition of the noun award


  1. [legal] A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.
  2. [legal] The paper containing the decision of arbitrators; that which is warded.
  3. A trophy or medal; something that denotes an accomplishment, especially in a competition. An honor based on merit.
  4. [obsolete] Care, keeping.
  5. [Australia] A negotiated minimum wage that is set for a particular trade or industry.

Specialised definition of the noun award

Glossary of sports

a prize, medal, document or money that is given to somebody to show recognition of something good that he or she has done (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb award

What does award mean as a doing word?

Award is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: awarded | awarding | awards

  1. give, especially as an honor or reward
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]I promised somebody my time
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I promised my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Recipient]The House allocated more than $1.8 million for the pensions and expenses of former presidents
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]We offered our paycheck to her

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): advance, allocate, allot, apportion, assign, bequeath, cede, concede, extend, grant, guarantee, issue, leave, offer, owe, portion, promise, ration, vote, will, yield.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of award: present
    • more generic words: allocate / apportion = distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    • more specific words:
  2. give as judged due or on the basis of merit
    • examples: the referee awarded a free kick to the team | the jury awarded a million dollars to the plaintiff | They award the countryside | They award the money to them
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of award: grant
    • more generic word: give = cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
    • more specific terms: pension off / pension = grant a pension to

Alternative definition of the verb award


  1. [transitive, legal] 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.
  2. [intransitive] To determine; to make or grant an award.
  3. [transitive] to give an award (prize) for merit


  1. "Award" is a musical EP of Bill Salas.
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  2. "Award" is a composition.


  1. AWARD is an aviation waypoint.
  2. The award that this is an achievement level of. (Note that this should expect a specific award, such as "Clio Awards" rather than a category of that award.
  3. The award category for this long-listed person, group, or work.
  4. The award for which the announcement of the winners constitutes this event.

Phrases with Award

Phrases starting with the word Award:

  1. award-winning
  2. Award ceremony
  3. Award-Ceremony

Phrases ending with the word Award:

  1. Book Award
  2. Darwin Award
  3. academy award

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Award

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Google previewJudicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases (1904)

An award is the judgment or decision of arbitrators or referees on the matter submitted to them.

Google previewProducing and Directing the Short Film and Video (2013)

by David K. Irving, Peter W. Rea

The award is a ticket to an elite club that, once given, can never be taken away. What one makes of the opportunity is, of course,

But whatever the reaction, receiving an Academy Award is a good thing. The Academy Award is focused on ...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations, Title 48, Federal Acquisition Regulations System, Chapter 3-6, Revised as of October 1, 2009 (2010)

by Office of the Federal Register (U.S.)

The low bidder for purposes of award is the responsible bidder offering the lowest aggregate price for (1) the base ...

Google previewLitigating International Investment Disputes (2014)

A Practitioner's Guide by Chiara Giorgetti

The award is a written and signed docu- ment that sets out the arbitrators' decisions on all of the questions presented in the case and the reasons for those decisions. Unless annulled or set aside, it constitutes the final and binding resolution of ...

Google previewFor and Against (2013)

A Discussion on the Award Scheme by Alison Taylor

C H A P T E R 11 VARIO US OPINIONS CONSIDE RED THE Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a scheme about which Some people eulogize and some are critical with, of course, a great many holding opinions neither as extreme as Mrs. G's nor ...

Google previewDictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1990-1994 (1996)

Books of Recognized Merit by Alethea Helbig, Agnes Perkins

Contains author, title, and character entries for over 180 various award winning books...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater (2012)

by Wenying Xu

winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a PEN/Hemingway Award; Unaccustomed Earth (2008), win— ner of an Asian American Literary Award; ...

Google previewThe Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2012)

by George Mann

The award is administered jointly by the SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION and the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION, anda panelofsixjudges decide first asixbook shortlist, thena winner.Thewinner is awarded with aplaque and ...

Google previewGeorgia Biographical Dictionary (1999)

by Caryn Hannan

Peace Corps, 1989-91; recognitions and awards: Good Government Award, Atlanta Jay- cees, 1976; Ten Leading State Legislators, Atlanta Journal/ Constitution, ...

Google previewThe Cabinet Lawyer, or a popular digest of the Laws of England ... with the criminal law. Also, a dictionary of law terms, etc. With a preface signed J. W., i.e. John Wade (1830)

by J. W.

Award. AN award is the arbitration and judgment of one or more persons, at the request of two parties, who are at variance, for ending the matter in dispute without appeal to public authority. The act of reference is termed a submission; the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature (2015)

by Alan L. Berger

Anne Michaels won several of literature's most prestigious awards—including the Guardian Fiction Award (1997) and the Orange Prizefor ...

Google previewThe law lexicon; or dictionary of jurisprudence, etc (1867)


are an award. Recitals are unnecessary. The award must be entire, final, on all the matters referred, or it will be void in toto; unconditional, but it may be alternative: without reservation or delegation, except as to ministerial acts; certain , mutual, ...

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Usage statistics about award

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Usage statistics for the noun award:

spoken English9.62%written English90.38% imaginative writing1.67%informational writing98.33%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun award:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb award:


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Award Ceromony

From left to right: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Kansas Governor-elect Sam Brownbeck.

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Quotes about Award

When I was in high school, I earned the pimple award and every other gross-out award. (Jack Nicholson)
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Scrabble value of A1W4A1R1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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