Prize Definition

prīz
prises, prized, prizes, prizing
noun
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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Something taken by force; esp., a captured enemy ship and its cargo.
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Antonyms:
blamepunishment
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adjective
That has received a prize.
A prize novel.
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Given as a prize.
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Worthy of a prize; first-rate.
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verb
prized, prizes, prizing
To set a value upon; price.
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To value highly; esteem.
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To estimate the worth of; evaluate.
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To pry, as with a lever.
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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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Antonyms:
dislikehatedespisenot care
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Other Word Forms of Prize

Noun

Singular:
prize
Plural:
prizes

Origin of Prize

  • 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

  • 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

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