Prize meaning

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Worthy of a prize; first-class.

Our prize azaleas.

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Offered or given as a prize.

A prize cup.

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Given a prize, or likely to win a prize.

A prize cow.

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To value highly; esteem or treasure.
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To estimate the worth of; evaluate.
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Something seized by force or taken as booty, especially an enemy ship and its cargo captured at sea during wartime.
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To move or force with a lever; pry.

Prized open the antique chest.

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Something used as a lever or for prying.
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To set a value upon; price.
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To value highly; esteem.
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Something offered or given to the winner of a contest.
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Something won in a game of chance, lottery, etc.
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A reward, premium, or the like.
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Anything worth striving for; any enviable or highly valued possession.
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A contest or match.
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That has received a prize.

A prize novel.

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Worthy of a prize; first-rate.
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Given as a prize.
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The act of capturing.
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Something taken by force; esp., a captured enemy ship and its cargo.
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To pry, as with a lever.
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That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
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(military, nautical) Anything captured by a belligerent using the rights of war; especially, property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.
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An honour or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of, effort.
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That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
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Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.
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A contest for a reward; competition.

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A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever. Also spelled prise.
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To consider highly valuable; to esteem.
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Shakespeare.

I prize it [life] not a straw, but for mine honour.

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To move with a lever; to force up or open; to prise or pry.
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Prize is defined as something given to a winner of a contest, or something of value taken by force.

An example of a prize is a gold trophy to a winner of a race.

An example of a prize is a dictator who is captured by an opposing army.

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The definition of prize is something that has received an award, is worthy of an award or is the award.

An example of prize used as an adjective is in the phrase "prize check," which means a check given as an award.

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Prize means to place high value on.

An example of prize is to love a cherished gift from one's grandmother.

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Something offered or won as an award for superiority or victory, as in a contest or competition.
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Something worth striving for; a highly desirable possession.
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Origin of prize

  • Alteration of Middle English prise from Old French from feminine past participle of prendre from Latin prehendere, prēndere to seize ghend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English prise instrument for prying probably from prise the taking of something prize2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of Middle English pris value, price, reward price

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English prise, from Old French prise (“a taking, capture, a seizure, a thing seized, a prize, booty, also hold, purchase"), from French prise, from pris, past participle of prendre (“to take, to capture"), from Latin prendere (“to take, seize"); see prehend. Compare prison, apprise, comprise, enterprise, purprise, reprisal, suprise, etc.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English prysen, from Old French priser (“to set a price or value on, esteem, value"), from pris (“price"), from Latin pretium (“price, value"); see price. Compare praise, appraise, apprize.

    From Wiktionary