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prize

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 and Etymology of prize

Middle English pris prize, price — more at price


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prize

adjective

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 in a Sentence

  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

1739

prize Synonyms

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
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate

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prize

verb

Definition of prize

prized; prizing
transitive verb
1 :to estimate the value of :rate
2 :to value highly :esteem
  • a prized possession

Origin and Etymology 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

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 :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 and Etymology of prize

Middle English prise, from Anglo-French, taking, seizure, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere — more at get

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

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

Origin and Etymology of prize

prize lever



PRIZE Defined for English Language Learners

prize

adjective

Definition of prize for English Language Learners

  • : given as an award or prize

  • : winning a prize

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


PRIZE Defined for Kids

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prize

noun \ ˈprīz \

Definition of prize for Students

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.

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prize

adjective

Definition of prize for Students

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

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prize

verb

Definition of prize for Students

prized; prizing
:to value highly :treasure
  • Abraham Lincoln's autograph is prized by collectors.

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prize

noun

Definition of prize for Students

:something taken (as in war) by force especially at sea

Law Dictionary

prize

noun

legal Definition of prize

1 :property (as a ship) lawfully captured in time of war
2 :the wartime capture of a ship and its cargo at sea


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