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prize

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prize \Prize\ (pr[imac]z), noun [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 my 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prize \Prize\, verb (used with an object) To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry. [Written also {prise}.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prize \Prize\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prize \Prize\, noun [F. prix price. See 3d {Prize}. ] Estimation; valuation. [Obs.] --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

prize

adjective

1: of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [syn: {choice}, {prime(a)}, {prize}, {quality}, {select}]

noun

1: something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery; "the prize was a free trip to Europe" [syn: {prize}, {award}]

2: goods or money obtained illegally [syn: {loot}, {booty}, {pillage}, {plunder}, {prize}, {swag}, {dirty money}]

3: something given as a token of victory [syn: {trophy}, {prize}]

verb

1: hold dear; "I prize these old photographs" [syn: {prize}, {value}, {treasure}, {appreciate}]

2: to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail" [syn: {pry}, {prise}, {prize}, {lever}, {jimmy}]

3: regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity" [syn: {respect}, {esteem}, {value}, {prize}, {prise}] [ant: {disesteem}, {disrespect}]

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