prize

1
[ prahyz ]
/ praɪz /

noun

adjective

Origin of prize

1
1250–1300; in senses referring to something seized, continuing Middle English prise something captured, a seizing < Middle French < Latin pre(hē)nsa, noun use of feminine past participle of pre(he)ndere to take; in senses referring to something won, spelling variant of price (Middle English pris(e)) since the late 16th century

synonym study for prize

1. See reward.

Definition for prize (2 of 3)

prize2
[ prahyz ]
/ praɪz /

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

to value or esteem highly.
to estimate the worth or value of.

Origin of prize

2
1325–75; Middle English prisen < Middle French prisier, variant of preisier to praise

synonym study for prize

1. See appreciate.

Definition for prize (3 of 3)

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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British Dictionary definitions for prize (1 of 3)

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 prize (2 of 3)

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 prize (3 of 3)

prize3
/ (praɪz) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling of prise
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