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[prahyz] /praɪz/
verb (used with object), prised, prising, noun
prize3 .
Can be confused
prise, prize.


or prise

[prahyz] /praɪz/
verb (used with object), prized, prizing.
pry2 .
a lever.
Origin of prize3
1350-1400; Middle English prise < Middle French: a hold, grasp < Latin pre()nsa. See prize1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for prised
Contemporary Examples
  • The door was prised open by the editor of The American Prospect, Michael Tomasky, and we all spilled out, still furiously bonding.

    D.C. Diary Tina Brown January 17, 2009
Historical Examples
  • He took Pinto's knife from his hand and prised one of the discs loose.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • They raked out his fire, and prised up a loose board in the floor.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • Finally, we prised open an old hatchway and peered down into the musty darkness of the bottom part of the Hulk.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • And next they reached the gibbet: and one swarmed up the black post, and hammered and filed and prised, and then, oh merciful God!

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • Directly the valves were prised apart the pearl fell into my hand.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • Then without much difficulty they prised up one of the thick planks with which the hut was roofed.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • Tremulous and half dead, I prised myself over the edge with my hands, and knelt once more on the hill beside Elsie.

  • By its means he prised up the spar, while I as gently as I could dragged out the man by the shoulders.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • I shut the outer door, prised up the trap, and dropped into the vault, which had been floored roughly with green bricks.

    Prester John John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for prised


verb (transitive)
to force open by levering
to extract or obtain with difficulty: they had to prise the news out of him
(rare or dialect) a tool involving leverage in its use or the leverage so employed
US and Canadian equivalent pry
Word Origin
C17: from Old French prise a taking, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere; see prize1


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


(transitive) to esteem greatly; value highly
Word Origin
C15 prise, from Old French preisier to praise


verb, noun
a variant spelling of prise
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Word Origin and History for prised



"reward," prise (c.1300 in this sense), from Old French pris "price, value, worth; reward" (see price (n.)). As an adjective, "worthy of a prize," from 1803. The spelling with -z- is from late 16c. Prize-fighter is from 1703; prize-fight from 1730 (prize-fighter from 1785).

"something taken by force," mid-13c., prise "a taking, holding," from Old French prise "a taking, seizing, holding," noun use of fem. past participle of prendre "to take, seize," from Latin prendere, contraction of prehendere "lay hold of, grasp, seize, catch" (see prehensile). Especially of ships captured at sea (1510s). The spelling with -z- is from late 16c.


"to estimate," 1580s, alteration of Middle English prisen "to prize, value" (late 14c.), from stem of Old French preisier "to praise" (see praise (v.)). Related: Prized; prizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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