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prise

[prahyz]
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verb (used with object), prised, pris·ing, noun
  1. prize3.
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Can be confusedprise prize

prize3

or prise

[prahyz]
verb (used with object), prized, priz·ing.
  1. pry2.
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noun
  1. leverage.
  2. a lever.
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Origin of prize3

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

prize

verb (tr)
  1. to force open by levering
  2. to extract or obtain with difficultythey had to prise the news out of him
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noun
  1. rare, or dialect a tool involving leverage in its use or the leverage so employed
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Word Origin

C17: from Old French prise a taking, from prendre to take, from Latin prehendere; see prize 1

prize1

noun
    1. a reward or honour for victory or for having won a contest, competition, etc
    2. (as modifier)prize jockey; prize essay
  1. something given to the winner of any game of chance, lottery, etc
  2. something striven for
  3. any valuable property captured in time of war, esp a vessel
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French prise a capture, from Latin prehendere to seize; influenced also by Middle English prise reward; see price

prize2

verb
  1. (tr) to esteem greatly; value highly
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Word Origin

C15 prise, from Old French preisier to praise

prize3

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

prize

n.1

"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).

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prize

n.2

"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.

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prize

v.

"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.

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