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prize

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[ prahyz ]
/ praɪz /
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noun

adjective

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Origin of prize

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First recorded in 1250–1300; in senses referring to something seized, continuing Middle English prise “something captured, a seizing, requisition,” from Old French prise “capture (of a ship), booty,” from Vulgar Latin prēsa, prēnsa (unrecorded), from Latin pre(hē)nsa, noun use of feminine past participle of pre(he)ndere “to take, grasp, seize”; in senses referring to something won, spelling variant since the late 16th century of Middle English pris(e) price
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

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First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English prisen “to set a price, appraise,” from Middle French prisier, priser, variants of Old French preisier “to value, appraise”; see praise

Definition for prize (3 of 3)

prize3

or prise

[ prahyz ]
/ praɪz /

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

Origin of prize

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English noun prise, from Middle French prise “a hold, grasp,” from 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
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
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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