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

1. See reward.

Definition for prize (2 of 3)

prize

2
[ 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

1. See appreciate.

Definition for prize (3 of 3)

prize

3

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)

prize

1
/ (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)

prize

2
/ (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)

prize

3
/ (praɪz) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling of prise
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