prize

1 [prahyz]
noun
1.
a reward for victory or superiority, as in a contest or competition.
2.
something that is won in a lottery or the like.
3.
anything striven for, worth striving for, or much valued.
4.
something seized or captured, especially an enemy's ship and cargo captured at sea in wartime.
5.
the act of taking or capturing, especially a ship at sea.
6.
Archaic. a contest or match.
adjective
7.
having won a prize: a prize bull; a prize play.
8.
worthy of a prize.
9.
given or awarded as a prize.

Origin:
1250–1300; in senses referring to something seized, continuing Middle English prise something captured, a seizing < Middle French < Latin pre()nsa, noun use of feminine past participle of pre(he)ndere to take; in senses referring to something won, spelling variant of price (Middle English pris(e)) since the late 16th century


1. premium. See reward.
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prize

2 [prahyz]
verb (used with object), prized, prizing.
1.
to value or esteem highly.
2.
to estimate the worth or value of.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English prisen < Middle French prisier, variant of preisier to praise


1. See appreciate.

prize

3 [prahyz]
verb (used with object), prized, prizing.
1.
pry2.
noun
3.
a lever.
Also, prise.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English prise < Middle French: a hold, grasp < Latin pre()nsa. See prize1

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prise or prize (praɪz)
 
vb
1.  to force open by levering
2.  to extract or obtain with difficulty: they had to prise the news out of him
 
n
3.  rare, dialect or a tool involving leverage in its use or the leverage so employed
 
[C17: from Old French prise a taking, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere; see prize1]
 
prize or prize
 
vb
 
n
 
[C17: from Old French prise a taking, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere; see prize1]

prize1 (praɪz)
 
n
1.  a.  a reward or honour for victory or for having won a contest, competition, etc
 b.  (as modifier): prize jockey; prize essay
2.  something given to the winner of any game of chance, lottery, etc
3.  something striven for
4.  any valuable property captured in time of war, esp a vessel
 
[C14: from Old French prise a capture, from Latin prehendere to seize; influenced also by Middle English prise reward; see price]

prize2 (praɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to esteem greatly; value highly
 
[C15 prise, from Old French preisier to praise]

prize3 (praɪz)
 
vb, —n
a variant spelling of prise

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prize
"reward," 1590s, alteration of M.E. prise (c.1300 in this sense; see price). Prize-fighter is from 1703; prize-fight from 1824. Prized "highly esteemed" is from 1538.

prize
"something taken by force," late 14c., from O.Fr. prise "a taking, seizing, holding," prop. fem. pp. of prendre "to take, seize," from L. prendere, contraction of prehendere (see prehensile). Especially of ships captured at sea (1512).

prize
"to estimate," 1586, alteration of M.E. prisen "to prize, value," from stem of O.Fr. preisier (see praise).
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He once appeared in the boys' prize ring, but panic surprised him in the second
  round.
Tao's accomplishments have already earned him nearly every major mathematics
  prize.
The prize of the collection is a large, exquisitely crafted mihrab, or prayer
  niche.
Your prize is a free course that uses anonymous off-site graders.
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