prise

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


Nearby words

  1. pripet marshes,
  2. pripyat,
  3. prisage,
  4. priscian,
  5. priscilla,
  6. prisere,
  7. prishtina,
  8. prisiadka,
  9. prism,
  10. prism bar

Can be confusedprise prize

prize

3

or prise

[prahyz]

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

noun

a lever.

Origin of prize

3
1350–1400; Middle English prise < Middle French: a hold, grasp < Latin pre(hē)nsa. See prize1

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British Dictionary definitions for prised

prize

1

noun

  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

prize

2

verb

(tr) to esteem greatly; value highly

Word Origin for prize

C15 prise, from Old French preisier to praise

prize

3

verb, noun

a variant spelling of prise

prise

prize

verb (tr)

to force open by levering
to extract or obtain with difficultythey had to prise the news out of him

noun

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
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