verb (used with object), prised, pris·ing, noun

Can be confusedprise prize



or prise


verb (used with object), prized, priz·ing.


a lever.

Origin of prize

1350–1400; Middle English prise < Middle French: a hold, grasp < Latin pre(hē)nsa. See prize1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prised

Contemporary Examples of prised

  • The door was prised open by the editor of The American Prospect, Michael Tomasky, and we all spilled out, still furiously bonding.

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    D.C. Diary

    Tina Brown

    January 18, 2009

Historical Examples of prised

  • With the point of nurse's scissors we prised the viands from the platters.

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • Vashti prised at a loose stone from the wall with the point of her sunshade.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • 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.

  • Directly the valves were prised apart the pearl fell into my hand.

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

British Dictionary definitions for prised




  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 for prize

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




(tr) to esteem greatly; value highly

Word Origin for prize

C15 prise, from Old French preisier to praise



verb, noun

a variant spelling of prise



verb (tr)

to force open by levering
to extract or obtain with difficultythey 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 for prise

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

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