There are 2 definitions of prize in English:

prize1

Syllabification: prize
Pronunciation: /prīz
 
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noun

1A thing given as a reward to the winner of a competition or race or in recognition of another outstanding achievement: the nation’s most prestigious prize for contemporary art
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  • The arts are well catered for also with an art department that has won many national prizes in art competitions.
  • A Redhill schoolboy won a national prize for an outstanding performance in his Spanish GCSE this year.
  • A long-serving organiser of blood donor sessions has won a national prize in recognition of her hard work.
Synonyms
award, reward, premium, purse; trophy, medal; honor, accolade, crown, laurels, palm
1.1A thing, especially an amount of money or a valuable object, that can be won in a lottery or other game of chance: the grand prize in the drawing [as modifier]: prize money
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  • Punters can also instantly win €25,000 on scratch cards as well as lots of smaller cash prizes and the chance to appear on the weekly game show.
  • Now is the time to get your tickets for the monthly community draw and be in with a chance to get your hands on some great money prizes.
  • The Crossmaglen girl scooped the prize of a large amount of money last week when the political party held their draw in Newry Sports centre.
1.2Something of great value that is worth struggling to achieve: the prize will be victory in the general election
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  • For a good few minutes the poor pigeon struggled with his measly prize, nibbling at it in earnest, each peck accidentally flinging it over his head and way behind him.
  • We may strive for something for many years and yet find that the prize is not worth the having.
  • Despite these hurdles, all of the 59 speakers, like the pioneer cable guys, were adamant that the prize was worth the battle.
1.3chiefly historical An enemy ship captured during the course of naval warfare.
[ late Middle English: from Old French prise 'taking, booty', from prendre 'take']
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  • The Admiralty bought what it could, used war prizes and added war-damaged ships, anything that would float long enough to be towed into position.
  • Many ships were taken as prizes by awaiting interlopers and pirates, and much of the booty spilled into the seas during swash buckling raids.
  • The doctrine which exempts coast fishermen, with their vessels and cargoes, from capture as prize of war, has been familiar to the United States from the time of the War of Independence.
Synonyms

adjective

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1(Especially of something entered in a competition) having been or likely to be awarded a prize: prize onions a prize bull
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  • U.S. farmers and ranchers are also plunking down thousands of dollars to duplicate prize bulls, cows, and pigs.
  • Congratulations to all prize winners and all who participated.
  • The prize stallion is missing, believed to be somewhere in Europe.
Synonyms
champion, award-winning, prize-winning, winning, top, best
1.1Denoting something for which a prize is awarded: a prize crossword
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  • The Outback is also holding a free prize draw for all competition entrants and will be giving away 150 meal vouchers.
  • Last year the winner completed the prize crossword in just six minutes.
  • The game will commence at 8.30 pm and will include an excellent prize raffle.
1.2Excellent of its kind; outstanding: a prize example of how well organic farming can function
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  • The beaker in front of the first pitcher is a prize example of Anthony Rasch's New Orleans work, about 1825 to 1835.
  • As a prize example of creating new species by natural selection, these finches leave very much to be desired.
  • Sunday's appearance was a vital first step towards full match fitness for the Bulls' prize off-season signing Logan Swann.
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1.3Complete; utter: you must think I’m a prize idiot
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  • Pierre thinks he's found a prize idiot in Pignon.
  • With him, as always, is a prize idiot from the Baldrick clan - this time a particularly unpleasant army private, serving as Blackadder's batman.
Synonyms
complete, utter, total, absolute, real, perfect, veritable

verb

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Value extremely highly: the berries were prized for their healing properties (as adjective prized) the bicycle was her most prized possession
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  • Horses in the Middle East are prized possessions and give their owners a lot of status.
  • At the time when tulips were rare prized possessions, they were often shown off in the knot garden.
  • The French are famous for scorning ersatzness while prizing the organic, the natural, the authentic.
Synonyms
value, set great store by, rate highly, attach great importance to, esteem, hold in high regard, think highly of, treasure, cherishtreasured, precious, cherished, much loved, beloved, valued, esteemed, highly regarded

Origin

Middle English: the noun, a variant of price; the verb (originally in the sense 'estimate the value of') from Old French pris-, stem of preisier 'to praise, appraise' (see praise).

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There are 2 definitions of prize in English:

prize2

Syllabification: prize
Pronunciation: /prīz
 
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(also prise)

verb

Another term for pry2. prizing open the door he prized his left leg free
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  • Last year there were 10 break-outs and 33 unsuccessful escape attempts, each involving detainees prising open windows under cover of darkness.
  • Gingerly prising the door open half-expecting a private party or aftermath of a wedding reception, we were pleasantly surprised to be ushered in and offered drinks.
  • Eventually when it was prised open, I found some yellowed and brittle sheets of paper, most of them hand-written, but illegible now.

Origin

late 17th century: from dialect prise 'lever', from Old French prise 'grasp, taking hold'. Compare with pry2.

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