prize
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pris prize, price — more at price Date: 14th century 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 II. adjective Date: 1803 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
>
III. transitive verb (prized; prizing) Etymology: Middle English prisen, from Anglo-French priser, preiser to appraise, esteem, from Late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium price, value — more at price Date: 14th century 1. to estimate the value of ; rate 2. to value highly ; esteem <
a prized possession
>
Synonyms: see appreciate IV. noun Etymology: Middle English prise, from Anglo-French, taking, seizure, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere — more at get Date: 14th century 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 Synonyms: see spoil V. transitive verb (prized; prizing) Etymology: prize lever Date: 1686 to press, force, or move with a lever ; pry

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  • Prize — (pr[imac]z), n. [F. prise a seizing, hold, grasp, fr. pris, p. p. of prendre to take, L. prendere, prehendere; in some senses, as 2 (b), either from, or influenced by, F. prix price. See {Prison}, {Prehensile}, and cf. {Pry}, and also {Price}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prize — n 1: property (as a ship) lawfully captured in time of war 2: the wartime capture of a ship and its cargo at sea Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • prize — prize1 [prīz] vt. prized, prizing [ME pris: see PRICE] 1. Obs. to set a value upon; price 2. to value highly; esteem n. 1. something offered or given to the winner of a contest 2. something won in a game of cha …   English World dictionary

  • Prize — Prize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prizing}.] [F. priser, OF. prisier, preisier, fr. L. pretiare, fr. pretium worth, value, price. See {Price}, and cf. {Praise}.] [Formerly written also {prise}. ] [1913 Webster] 1. To set or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prize — [adj] best award winning, champion, choice, cream*, elite, fat*, first class*, firstrate*, outstanding, pick, prime, top, topnotch, winning; concept 574 Ant. worst prize [n1] award, winnings accolade, acquirement, acquisition, advantage, blue… …   New thesaurus

  • prize — Ⅰ. prize [1] ► NOUN 1) a thing given as a reward to a winner or in recognition of an outstanding achievement. 2) something of great value that is worth struggling to achieve. ► ADJECTIVE 1) having been or likely to be awarded a prize. 2)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Prize — Prize, n. [F. prix price. See 3d {Prize}. ] Estimation; valuation. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prize — Prize, v. t. To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry. [Written also {prise}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prize# — prize n *premium, award, reward, meed, guerdon, bounty, bonus Analogous words: recompensing or recompense, compensation (see corresponding verbs at PAY): winning or winnings (see GET) Antonyms: forfeit prize vb value, treasure, cherish,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prize — n *spoil, booty, plunder, loot, swag …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prize — see prise …   Modern English usage

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