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prize

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noun \ˈprīz\

Definition of prize

  1. 1 :  something offered or striven for in competition or in contests of chance; also :  premium 1d

  2. 2 :  something exceptionally desirable

  3. 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


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prize

adjective

Simple Definition of prize

  • : given as an award or prize

  • : winning a prize

  • : very good or impressive : deserving an award or prize

Full Definition of prize

  1. 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. 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.



1803

First Known Use of prize

1803


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prize

verb

Definition of prize

prizedpriz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to estimate the value of :  rate

  3. 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>.

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prize

noun

Definition of prize

  1. 1 :  something taken by force, stratagem, or threat; especially :  property lawfully captured at sea in time of war

  2. 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>.

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prize

verb

Definition of prize

prizedpriz·ing

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



Origin of prize

prize lever


First Known Use: 1686




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