- 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 prizing
But it was only her illness that made her capable of prizing such comfort.Robert Falconer
Prizing a treasure so rare, I gave myself away to her irrevocably.Life Without and Life Within
We press the tobacco in hogsheads, you know, and we call it prizing.A Man of Honor
George Cary Eggleston
One of them had a crowbar with which he was prizing up a stone.She's All the World to Me
Prizing highly the liberty they had enjoyed so long, they defended themselves with desperation.
- 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 prizing
"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.