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(1)   Of superior grade
"Choice wines"
"Prime beef"
"Prize carnations"
"Quality paper"
"Select peaches"


(2)   Something given as a token of victory
(3)   Goods or money obtained illegally
(4)   Something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
"The prize was a free trip to Europe"


(5)   Regard highly; think much of
"I respect his judgement"
"We prize his creativity"
(6)   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)   Hold dear
"I prize these old photographs"

Etymology 1

< < < < , pp. of < ; see prehend. Cf. prison, apprise, comprise, enterprise, purprise, reprisal, suprise, etc.


  1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
  2. 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. 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.
  4. That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
  5. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.
  6. A contest for a reward; competition.
  7. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.

Etymology 2

< < < < ; see price. Cf. praise, appraise, apprize.


  1. To consider something highly valuable.
  2. To move with a lever; to force up or open; to prise or pry.