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prize

noun

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1 someone or something unusually desirable
  • in the view of most of her friends, her current boyfriend is certainly no prize

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2 something given in recognition of achievement
  • the Pritzker Architecture Prize is the world's most prestigious honor in the field of architecture

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prize

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of prize (Entry 2 of 4)

of the very best kind
  • delighted to be guests at one of her prize dinner parties

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prize

verb (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of prize (Entry 3 of 4)

1 to draw out by force or with effort
  • prizing the stubborn nails out of the board

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2 to raise, move, or pull apart with or as if with a lever
  • trying to prize apart the jammed gears

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prize

verb (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of prize (Entry 4 of 4)

to hold dear
  • veterinarians know that pets are highly prized by their owners

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Frequently Asked Questions About prize

How does the noun prize differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of prize are booty, loot, plunder, spoils, and spoil. While all these words mean "something taken from another by force or craft," prize applies to spoils captured on the high seas or territorial waters of the enemy.

the wartime right of seizing prizes at sea

Where would booty be a reasonable alternative to prize?

The meanings of booty and prize largely overlap; however, booty implies plunder to be shared among confederates.

thieves dividing up their booty

When would loot be a good substitute for prize?

While the synonyms loot and prize are close in meaning, loot applies especially to what is taken from victims of a catastrophe.

picked through the ruins for loot

When might plunder be a better fit than prize?

Although the words plunder and prize have much in common, plunder applies to what is taken not only in war but in robbery, banditry, grafting, or swindling.

a bootlegger's plunder

How do spoil and spoils relate to one another, in the sense of prize?

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

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The first known use of prize was in the 14th century

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“Prize.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/prize. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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