- Award implies a decision or something given as a prize. Reward usually refers to something given in recompense for a good deed or for merit."Jack received an award for his flower display." "The fireman received a reward for saving the child's life."
Dictionary of problem words and expressions. Harry Shaw. 1975.
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reward — re|ward1 W3 [rıˈwo:d US ˈwo:rd] n 1.) [U and C] something that you get because you have done something good or helpful or have worked hard →↑prize, benefit ↑benefit ▪ The school has a system of rewards and punishments to encourage good behaviour … Dictionary of contemporary English
reward — See award. See award, reward … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
award — See award, reward … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
reward — [ri wôrd′] n. [ME < NormFr, for OFr regarde] 1. something given in return for good or, sometimes, evil, or for service or merit 2. money offered, as for the capture of a criminal, the return of something lost, etc. 3. compensation; profit 4.… … English World dictionary
award — [n] prize or reward accolade, adjudication, allotment, bestowal, citation, conferment, conferral, decision, decoration, decree, distinction, donation, endowment, feather in cap*, gift, gold, gold star*, grant, honor, order, presentation,… … New thesaurus
award — 1 vt [Anglo French awarder agarder to look at, decide on, impose, alteration of Old French esguarder to look at, from es , intensive prefix + guarder to guard] 1: to give in accordance with a judicial or administrative determination or decision… … Law dictionary
reward — I noun acknowledgment, award, benefit, bonus, booty, bounty, compensation, consideration, donation, emolument, fee, gift, grant, gratuity, guerdon, honorarium, incentive, indemnification, indemnity, meed, pay, payment, perquisite, praemium… … Law dictionary
reward — [n] payment, prize accolade, award, benefit, bonus, bounty, carrot*, comeuppance, compensation, crown*, cue, dividend, feather in cap*, fringe benefit, gain, garland, goodies*, gravy*, grease*, guerdon, honor, just deserts*, meed, merit, perks*,… … New thesaurus
award — vb *grant, accord, vouchsafe, concede Analogous words: bestow, confer, present, *give: assign, *allot, apportion, allocate: adjudicate, adjudge, *judge, arbitrate award n prize, *premium … New Dictionary of Synonyms
award — [ə wôrd′] vt. [ME awarden < Anglo Fr awarder < Anglo Norm eswarder < es (< L ex) + Gmc * wardon: see WARN] 1. to give by the decision of a law court or arbitrator [the plaintiff was awarded damages] 2. to give as the result of judging … English World dictionary