What is the difference between reward and award?

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Award can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, it is the act of giving a prize or money to someone after an official decision.

She was awarded first prize in the beauty pageant.

As a noun, an award is the actual prize or money that is given following an official decision, like in a competition.

The movie won many awards at film festivals around the world.

Reward can also either be a noun or a verb.

A reward is given in exchange for good work or behavior

Teachers often give stickers as rewards to encourage students to study.

A reward can also be given by police in exchange for information that might help to solve a crime.

You may also see people offering a "reward" to someone if they help find a missing pet or even person.

Practice

Write a sentence or two to show you understand the differences between the two words.