award (verb, noun) past tense: awarded LISTEN
Award means ‘to give someone a prize or money because they did something well, especially in a competition.’
- Cecile was awarded $50 for having the most creative Halloween costume.
- The county fair committee awarded a blue ribbon to Luther for growing the biggest pumpkin.
Award also means ‘to give someone a sum of money because of a court settlement.’
- The judge awarded Frances $5000 for damages due to the car accident.
An award is a prize or sum of money that someone wins, often in a competition.
- We decided to see the movie that won 10 Academy Awards.
- The physicist applied the Nobel Prize award to his research.
Don't confuse it with
Award and reward are easy to confuse. An award is a prize that recognizes an achievement. Awards are given for winning beauty contests, best movie, song, or book competitions, etc. A reward is prize to show appreciation for someone’s effort. Rewards are given for: finding a lost dog or flying on a specific airline.
In pop culture
Here is an Entertainment Tonight (a US TV show) report about Cher at the Billboard Music Awards. How old is Cher? Are you surprised?