Prize means to place high value on.(verb)
An example of prize is to love a cherished gift from one's grandmother.
Prize is defined as something given to a winner of a contest, or something of value taken by force.(noun)
The definition of prize is something that has received an award, is worthy of an award or is the award.(adjective)
An example of prize used as an adjective is in the phrase "prize check," which means a check given as an award.
See prize in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME pris: see price
Origin: ME prise, a taking hold < OFr, a taking < fem. pp. of prendre, to take < L prehendere: see prehensile
See prize in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Alteration of Middle English pris, value, price, reward; see price.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English prise
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from feminine past participle of prendre
Origin: , from Latin prehendere, prēndere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
also prisetransitive verb prized prized also prised, priz·ing also pris·ing, priz·es also pris·es
Origin: From Middle English prise, instrument for prying
Origin: , probably from prise, the taking of something; see prize2.
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