- to value or esteem highly.
- to estimate the worth or value of.
Origin of prize2
- a lever.
Origin of prize3
Examples from the Web for prized
During the colonial period the Punjabi Muslims formed the prized martial class for the British Raj.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
Unsurprisingly many of the prized lots relate to the Second World War.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most prized European classics are,” is decorated with delicate gold squiggles and a star.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
Vincent unlocks the glass case and pulls out his $3.2 million prized possession.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
After he showed me his prized collection, he dropped his policy on on not talking about his day job.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
In this new land, education will be every citizen's most prized possession.
He prized him as an heir rather than treasured him as a son.Night and Morning, Complete
But it was almost enough—almost, not quite, dearly as she prized it.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Surely what they prized so highly must have had real and lasting worth?Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
What are all the felicities I talk of, and have prized so much?Imogen
- a reward or honour for victory or for having won a contest, competition, etc
- (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
- (tr) to esteem greatly; value highly
- a variant spelling of prise
Word Origin and History for prized
"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.