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.]
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.
Prize v. t. To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry. [Written also prise.]
Prize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prized p. pr. & vb. n. Prizing.] [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. ”
I prized your person, but your crown disdain. --Dryden.
Prize, n. Estimation; valuation. [Obs.]
adj : of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize
carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [syn: choice,
prime(a), quality, select]
n 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: award]
2: goods or money obtained illegally [syn: loot, booty, pillage,
plunder, swag, dirty money]
3: something given as a token of victory [syn: trophy]
v 1: hold dear; "I prize these old photographs" [syn: value, treasure,
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, lever,
3: regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We
prize his creativity" [syn: respect, esteem, value,
prise] [ant: disrespect, disrespect]