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[ prahyz ]
/ praɪz /

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

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prise

prise prize

Definition for prises (2 of 2)

prize3

or prise

[ prahyz ]
/ praɪz /

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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Example sentences from the Web for prises

  • That taking of prises, by the way, was a standing cause of quarrel between the burghers of Hull and Beverley.

British Dictionary definitions for prises (1 of 4)

prize1
/ (praɪz) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for prises (2 of 4)

prize2
/ (praɪz) /

verb

(tr) to esteem greatly; value highly

Word Origin for prize

C15 prise, from Old French preisier to praise

British Dictionary definitions for prises (3 of 4)

prize3
/ (praɪz) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling of prise

British Dictionary definitions for prises (4 of 4)

prise

prize

/ (praɪz) /

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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