Pronunciation Noun

prize (plural prizes)

  1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, Book 4, Canto 4, p. 54,
      […] wherefore he now begunne
      To challenge her anew, as his owne prize,
      Whom formerly he had in battell wonne,
  2. (military, nautical) Anything captured by a belligerent using the rights of war; especially, property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.
    • 1724, Charles Johnson, “Of Captain Avery, and His Crew”, in A General History of the Pyrates, […], 2nd edition, London: Printed for, and sold by T. Warner, […], OCLC 2276353 ↗, page 51 ↗:
      Having taken all the Treasure on Board their own Ships, and plundered their Prize of every Thing elſe they either wanted or liked, they let her go; ſhe not being able to continue her Voyage, returned back: {{...}
  3. An honour or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of, effort.
    • 1676, John Dryden, Aureng-zebe, London: Henry Herringman, Act 5, p. 73,
      I fought and conquer’d, yet have lost the prize.
  4. That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
    • 1928, Weston Jarvis, Jottings from an Active Life, London: Heath Cranton, p. 256,
      Cecil Rhodes […] was never tired of impressing upon one that the fact of being an Englishman was “the greatest prize in the lottery of life,” and that it was that thought which always sustained him when he was troubled.
  5. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Epistle to the Philippians 3.14,
      I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
  6. (obsolete) A contest for a reward; competition.
    • circa 1596 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene 2,
      Like one of two contending in a prize,
      That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes […]
  7. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.
    Synonyms: prise
  • Russian: трофе́й
  • Spanish: botín
  • Russian: трофе́й
Translations Translations Verb

prize (prizes, present participle prizing; past and past participle prized)

  1. To consider highly valuable; to esteem.
    • circa 1611 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III, Scene 1,
      […] I
      Beyond all limit of what else i’ the world
      Do love, prize, honour you.
    • 1676, John Dryden, Aureng-zebe, London: Henry Herringman, Act V, p. 83,
      I pris’d your Person, but your Crown disdain.
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus, London: Harvill Secker, Chapter 20, p. 167,
      ‘ […] An old broken cup has no value. No one prizes it.’
      ‘I prize it. It’s my museum, not yours.’
  2. (obsolete) To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate.
    • circa 1610 William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Act III, Scene 2,
      […] no life,
      I prize it not a straw, but for mine honour,
    • 1611 King James Version of the Bible, Book of Zechariah 11.13,
      […] a goodly price that I was prized at.
  3. To move with a lever; to force up or open; to prise or pry.
  4. (obsolete) To compete in a prizefight.
Translations Adjective

prize (not comparable)

  1. Having won a prize; award-winning.
    a prize vegetable
  2. first-rate; exceptional
    He was a prize fool.

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