What does Prize mean?

Definitions for Prize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prize, awardnoun

    something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

    "the prize was a free trip to Europe"

  2. loot, booty, pillage, plunder, prize, swag, dirty moneynoun

    goods or money obtained illegally

  3. trophy, prizeadjective

    something given as a token of victory

  4. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, selectverb

    of superior grade

    "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

  5. prize, value, treasure, appreciateverb

    hold dear

    "I prize these old photographs"

  6. pry, prise, prize, lever, jimmyverb

    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"

  7. respect, esteem, value, prize, priseverb

    regard highly; think much of

    "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRIZEnoun

    Etymology: prix, Fr.

    If ever he go alone, I’ll never wrestle for prize. William Shakespeare.

    I fought and conquer’d, yet have lost the prize. Dryden.

    The raising such silly competitions among the ignorant, proposing prizes for such useless accomplishments, and inspiring them with such absurd ideas of superiority, has in it something immoral as well as ridiculous. Addison.

    True poets empty fame and praise despise,
    Fame is the trumpet, but your smile the prize. Dryden.

    The king of Scots she did send to France,
    To fill king Edward’s fame with prisoner kings,
    And make his chronicle as rich with prize,
    As is the ouzy bottom of the sea
    With sunken wreck. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    He acquitted himself like a valiant, but not like an honest man; for he converted the prizes to his own use. Arbuthnot.

    Then prostrate falls, and begs with ardent eyes
    Soon to obtain and long possess the prize:
    The pow’rs gave ear. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Prizeverb

    Etymology: from appraise; priser, Fr. appreciare. Lat.

    Life I prize not a straw; but for mine honour
    Which I would free. William Shakespeare.

    Cast it unto the potter; a goodly price that I was prized at of them. Zech. xi. 13.

    I go to free us both of pain;
    I priz’d your person, but your crown disdain. Dryden.

    Some the French writers, some our own despise;
    The ancients only, or the moderns prize. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prizenoun

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

  2. Prizenoun

    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

  3. Prizenoun

    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

  4. Prizenoun

    that which may be won by chance, as in a lottery

  5. Prizenoun

    anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect

  6. Prizenoun

    a contest for a reward; competition

  7. Prizenoun

    a lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever

  8. Prizeverb

    to move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry

  9. Prizeverb

    to set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate

  10. Prizeverb

    to value highly; to estimate to be of great worth; to esteem

  11. Prizenoun

    estimation; valuation

  12. Etymology: [F. prix price. See 3d Prize. ]


  1. Prize

    A prize is an award to be given to a person or a group of people to recognise and reward actions or achievements. Official prizes often involve monetary rewards as well as the fame that comes with them. Some prizes are also associated with extravagant awarding ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards. Prizes are also given to publicize noteworthy or exemplary behaviour, and to provide incentives for improved outcomes and competitive efforts. In general, prizes are regarded in a positive light, and their winners are admired. However, many prizes, especially the more famous ones, have often caused controversy and jealousy. Specific types of prizes include: ⁕Booby prize: typically awarded as a joke or insult to whoever finished last. ⁕consolation prize: an award given to those who do not win. ⁕Hierarchical prizes, where the best award is "first prize", "grand prize", or "gold medal". Subordinate awards are "second prize", "third prize", etc., or "first runner-up" and "second runner-up", etc., or "silver medal" and "bronze medal". ⁕On game shows in the UK, the term is "star prize", while in Australia, it is "major prize".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prize

    Prise, prīz, v.t. to force open by means of a lever. [Fr.; cf. Prize, below.]

  2. Prize

    prīz, n. that which is taken or gained by competition: anything taken from an enemy in war: (hunting) the note of the trumpet blown at the capture of the game: a captured vessel: that which is won in a lottery: anything offered for competition: a gain: a reward: (Shak.) a competition.—adj. worthy of a prize: to which a prize is given.—adjs. Priz′able, -eable, valuable.—ns. Prize′-court, a court for judging regarding prizes made on the high seas; Prize′-fight, a combat in which those engaged fight for a prize or wager; Prize′-fight′er, a boxer who fights publicly for a prize; Prize′-fight′ing; Prize′-list, recorded of the winners in a competition; Prize′man; Prize′-mon′ey, share of the money or proceeds from any prizes taken from an enemy; Priz′er (Shak.), one who competes for a prize; Prize′-ring, a ring for prize-fighting: the practice itself. [Fr. prisepris, taken, pa.p. prendre—L. prehendĕre, to seize.]

  3. Prize

    prīz, v.t. to set a price on: to value: to value highly.—n. valuation, estimate.—n. Priz′er (Shak.), an appraiser. [Fr. priser—O. Fr. pris, price (Fr. prix)—L. pretium, price.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. prize

    A vessel captured at sea from the enemies of a state, or from pirates, either by a man-of-war or privateer. Vessels are also looked upon as prize, if they fight under any other standard than that of the state from which they have their commission, if they have no charter-party, and if loaded with effects belonging to the enemy, or with contraband goods. In ships of war, the prizes are to be divided among the officers, seamen, &c., according to the act; but in privateers, according to the agreement between the owners. By statute 13 Geo. II. c. 4, judges and officers failing in their duty in respect to the condemnation of prizes, forfeit £500, with full costs of suit, one moiety to the crown, and the other to the informer. Prize, according to jurists, is altogether a creature of the crown; and no man can have any interest but what he takes as the mere gift of the crown. Partial interest has been granted away at different times, but the statute of Queen Anne (A.D. 1708) is the first which gave to the captors the whole of the benefit.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. prize

    That which is taken from another; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power. Hence, specifically, anything captured by a belligerent using the right of war.

  2. prize

    The application of a lever to move any weighty body, as a cask, cannon, or the like.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prize' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3251

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prize' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3328

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prize' in Nouns Frequency: #1074

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prize in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Prize in a Sentence

  1. Jackie Nesbitt:

    Too many people were competing for the prize money available, we want to see a significant uplift( in players making money). It will be one of our key performance indicators that tell us how successful these reforms have been.

  2. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe:

    Our professional athletes rely on prize money as part of their income and we're mindful that our competition season, on both the track and road, is being severely impacted by the pandemic.

  3. Yun Hae-ri:

    It feels like Trump just knocked down all the efforts the two Koreas have put forward for the U.S.-North Korea summit. For me, it feels like North Korea is more of a normal country, saying it would give the U.S. time and wait, i don't think Trump is doing the right thing if he wants to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

  4. Rio Games:

    They are not coming because there's no prize money.

  5. Robert Wilson:

    Paul Milgrom, it's Paul Milgrom, you've won Nobel Prize. And so Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson're trying to reach you, but Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson can not. Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson don't seem to have a number for you.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. dicotyledonous
    • B. tantamount
    • C. motile
    • D. askant

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