Definitions for: Prize


[n] something given as a token of victory
[n] goods or money obtained illegally
[n] something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition; "the prize was a free trip to Europe"
[adj] of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"
[v] regard highly; think much of
[v] to move or force, esp. in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock", "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
[v] hold dear; "I prize these old photographs"



Webster (1913) Definition: Prize, n. [F. prise a seizing, hold, grasp, fr. pris, p.
p. of prendre to take, L. prendere, prehendere; in some
senses, as 2
(b), either from, or influenced by, F. prix price. See
Prison, Prehensile, and cf. Pry, and also Price.]

1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a
thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.

I will depart my pris, or may prey, by deliberation.
--Chaucer.

His own prize, Whom formerly he had in battle won.
--Spenser.

2. Hence, specifically;
(a) (Law) Anything captured by a belligerent using the
rights of war; esp., property captured at sea in
virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel. --Kent.
--Brande & C.
(b) An honor or reward striven for in a competitive
contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an
inducement to, or reward of, effort.

I'll never wrestle for prize more. --Shak.

I fought and conquered, yet have lost the prize.
--Dryden.
(c) That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.

3. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or
in prospect.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus. --Phil. iii.
14.

4. A contest for a reward; competition. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever. [Written also
prise.]

Prize court, a court having jurisdiction of all captures
made in war on the high seas. --Bouvier.

Prize fight, an exhibition contest, esp. one of pugilists,
for a stake or wager.

Prize fighter, one who fights publicly for a reward; --
applied esp. to a professional boxer or pugilist. --Pope.

Prize fighting, fighting, especially boxing, in public for
a reward or wager.

Prize master, an officer put in charge or command of a
captured vessel.

Prize medal, a medal given as a prize.

Prize money, a dividend from the proceeds of a captured
vessel, etc., paid to the captors.

Prize ring, the ring or inclosure for a prize fight; the
system and practice of prize fighting.

To make prize of, to capture. --Hawthorne.


Prize, v. t.
To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry. [Written
also prise.]


Prize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prized; p. pr. & vb. n.
Prizing.] [F. priser, OF. prisier, preisier, fr. L.
pretiare, fr. pretium worth, value, price. See Price, and
cf. Praise.] [Formerly written also prise. ]
1. To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to
rate.

A goodly price that I was prized at. --Zech. xi.
13.

I prize it [life] not a straw, but for mine honor.
--Shak.

2. To value highly; to estimate to be of great worth; to
esteem. ``[I] do love, prize, honor you. '' --Shak.

I prized your person, but your crown disdain.
--Dryden.


Prize, n. [F. prix price. See 3d Prize. ]
Estimation; valuation. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: appreciate, award, booty, choice, esteem, jimmy, lever, loot, pillage, plunder, prime(a), prise, prise, pry, quality, respect, select, superior, swag, treasure, trophy, value, value

Antonyms: disesteem, disrespect

See Also: admire, apple of discord, booby prize, bronze medal, consider, consider, cup, cut, do justice, fear, fellowship, gift, gold medal, gratuity, jackpot, look up to, loose, loosen, loving cup, open, open up, prize money, reckon, reckon, recognise, recognize, regard, regard, revere, reverence, scholarship, see, see, silver medal, stolen property, stuff, sundries, sundry, think the world of, venerate, view, view, whatchamacallit, whatsis

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