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1prize

noun \ˈprīz\

Definition of PRIZE

1
:  something offered or striven for in competition or in contests of chance; also :  premium 1d
2
:  something exceptionally desirable
3
archaic :  a contest for a reward :  competition

Origin of PRIZE

Middle English pris prize, price — more at price
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PRIZE

2prize

adjective

: given as an award or prize

: winning a prize

: very good or impressive : deserving an award or prize

Full Definition of PRIZE

1
a :  awarded or worthy of a prize
b :  awarded as a prize
c :  entered for the sake of a prize <a prize drawing>
2
:  outstanding of a kind <raised prize hogs>

Examples of PRIZE

  1. Dad brought back his prize catch, a three-foot striped bass.
  2. I felt a prize fool for making such a stupid mistake.

First Known Use of PRIZE

1803

Related to PRIZE

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], excellent, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

3prize

verb
prizedpriz·ing

Definition of PRIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to estimate the value of :  rate
2
:  to value highly :  esteem <a prized possession>

Origin of PRIZE

Middle English prisen, from Anglo-French priser, preiser to appraise, esteem, from Late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium price, value — more at price
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PRIZE

appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence <appreciates fine wine>. value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth <values our friendship>. prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses <Americans prize their freedom>. treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious <a treasured memento>. cherish implies a special love and care for something <cherishes her children above all>.

4prize

noun

Definition of PRIZE

1
:  something taken by force, stratagem, or threat; especially :  property lawfully captured at sea in time of war
2
:  an act of capturing or taking; especially :  the wartime capture of a ship and its cargo at sea

Origin of PRIZE

Middle English prise, from Anglo-French, taking, seizure, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere — more at get
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PRIZE

spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot mean something taken from another by force or craft. spoil, more commonly spoils, applies to what belongs by right or custom to the victor in war or political contest <the spoils of political victory>. plunder applies to what is taken not only in war but in robbery, banditry, grafting, or swindling <a bootlegger's plunder>. booty implies plunder to be shared among confederates <thieves dividing up their booty>. prize applies to spoils captured on the high seas or territorial waters of the enemy <the wartime right of seizing prizes at sea>. loot applies especially to what is taken from victims of a catastrophe <picked through the ruins for loot>.

5prize

verb
prizedpriz·ing

Definition of PRIZE

transitive verb
:  to press, force, or move with a lever :  pry

Origin of PRIZE

prize lever
First Known Use: 1686
PRIZE Defined for Kids

1prize

noun \ˈprīz\

Definition of PRIZE for Kids

1
:  something won or to be won in a contest
2
:  something unusually valuable or eagerly sought <The prize of the greenhouse is the rare orchid.>

2prize

adjective

Definition of PRIZE for Kids

1
:  outstanding of its kind <That's my prize baseball card.>
2
:  awarded as a prize <prize money>
3
:  awarded a prize <a prize essay>

3prize

verb
prizedpriz·ing

Definition of PRIZE for Kids

:  to value highly :  treasure <Abraham Lincoln's autograph is prized by collectors.>

4prize

noun

Definition of PRIZE for Kids

:  something taken (as in war) by force especially at sea
July 06, 2015
categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
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