Main definitions of prize in English

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prize1

Pronunciation /prīz/ /praɪz/

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noun

  • 1A thing given as a reward to the winner of a competition or in recognition of an outstanding achievement.

    • ‘Britain's most prestigious prize for contemporary art’
    award, reward, premium
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    1. 1.1A thing, especially an amount of money or a valuable object, that can be won in a game of chance.
      ‘the grand prize in the drawing’
      • ‘prize money’
    2. 1.2Something of great value that is worth struggling to achieve.
      • ‘the prize will be victory in the general election’
  • 2historical An enemy ship captured during the course of naval warfare.

    • ‘the sloop had been taken as a prize’

adjective

attributive
  • 1Having been or likely to be awarded a prize in a competition.

    ‘a prize bull’
    • ‘prize onions’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eating good food with family and friends is one of the joys of Christmas and if you want to make sure your tastebuds are given a treat over the festive period then why not enter our competition for a prize pudding?’
    • ‘It's not unlike a 4-H competition of prize heifers, except the women weigh less and get to go to fancy resorts.’
    • ‘His single shot dropped the prize bull in its tracks.’
    • ‘Club chairman, Seamus Quinn, presented all prize winners with a selection of Waterford Crystal.’
    • ‘A prize Japanese bull has been cloned from skin cells scraped from its own ear.’
    • ‘People spent days grooming and bathing prize cows and bulls to show at the fair.’
    • ‘So, if you fancy the idea of a prize bull on the lawn or your very own flock of sheep - give him a ring.’
    • ‘His task for the day was to take his employer's prize bull to a neighbouring farm, in the next valley, for breeding purposes.’
    • ‘A more sophisticated photographer might put the prize bull, the man leading it and the little girl holding her doll who sits on its back into a more imaginative conjunction.’
    • ‘It looks awfully like standing at the gate, staring out into the paddock, wondering where the prize stallion has gone.’
    • ‘As a teenager, he took his father's prize animals to the fair.’
    champion, award-winning, prize-winning, winning, top, top-class, top-tier, first-class, first-rate, choice, quality, select, best
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    1. 1.1Denoting something for which a prize is awarded.
      ‘a prize crossword’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Founded in 1957, the Prize Bonds draw is Ireland s longest-running prize draw.’
      • ‘The questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw at the end of August.’
      • ‘To encourage voting there will be an excellent prize draw for children.’
      • ‘In addition to the funding awards, a prize draw for two marshals to go to a World Rally Championship event in 2005 is being run again this year.’
      • ‘The next outing is at Killorglin on Saturday May 29th and it is the captain's prize competition.’
      • ‘The Académie des Sciences in Paris announced its prize competition for 1764 in 1762.’
      • ‘Although the terms of the prize competition did not require it, he had chosen to fly solo, which of course added to the luster of his accomplishment.’
      • ‘The results of the President's prize competition were announced after the two weekly sessions of play.’
      • ‘The Evening Press teamed up with Turnbulls Mazda, of Layerthorpe, York for what was one of our biggest prize competitions.’
      • ‘Advice from ICSTIS is that, unless you have specifically requested details of a competition or prize offer, you do not respond.’
      • ‘About 600 guests flocked to the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse for the glittering event with live bands, discos, food, casinos and prize competitions.’
      • ‘Local pride in the academies grew as prize competitions drew the attention of many who lived far away.’
      • ‘Austrian legislation prohibited publishers from including such prize competitions in their papers.’
      • ‘Photographers are being challenged to link past and present in a prize competition organised by Cumbria County Council.’
      • ‘The agency this year unveiled Centennial Challenges, a prize program inspired by the Ansari X Prize and similar competitions.’
      • ‘A D & G Jackalin Crystal Watch and two Hot Diamonds Tiffany box sets are up for grabs in our free prize draw competition.’
      • ‘With these publications will come some great prize competitions and reader offers.’
    2. 1.2Excellent of its kind; outstanding.
      ‘a prize example of how well organic farming can function’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The principal had a very positive memory of his prize pupil.’
      • ‘Archibald's prize asset might have completed his hat-trick moments later but for an uncharacteristic lapse in control.’
      outstanding, excellent, superlative, superb, supreme, very good, prime, fine, magnificent, marvellous, wonderful
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    3. 1.3Complete; utter.
      ‘you must think I'm a prize idiot’
      • ‘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.’
      utter, complete, total, absolute, real, perfect, positive, veritable
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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Value extremely highly.

    ‘the berries were prized for their healing properties’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Innocence is a prized and overtly moral concept in North American society.’
    • ‘Some fully-grown carp, prized by anglers, can be sold for up to £5,000 by poachers.’
    • ‘Southeast Queensland is justly prized for its superb beaches, rivers and lush hinterland.’
    • ‘Look, in the Army, nothing is prized more than the ability to hold ground once you take it.’
    • ‘Associative communal memory is something that is prized very highly by cultures the world over.’
    • ‘Asparagus is native to the northern Mediterranean and was as prized by the Greeks and Romans as it is by food lovers today.’
    • ‘Citizenship should be prized and celebrated, with the proviso that it is not always as desirable as it sounds.’
    • ‘This controversial dish, much prized by Hebrideans, makes a rare foray south.’
    • ‘Peregrine falcons taken from the wild in Scotland are strong birds which are highly prized.’
    • ‘Some tinamous are hunted for their meat, which is prized for its tenderness and flavor.’
    • ‘Watercolors of traditional village scenes by the late Charlie Gibbons are highly prized.’
    • ‘Emu eggs have long been prized for carving and decorating because of their large size and tough green shell.’
    • ‘The silver fox ranges from strong silver to nearly black and is the most prized by furriers.’
    • ‘Check the copyright page and make sure the book is a first edition, which is more prized.’
    • ‘It was once the best trout river in Britain, prized by anglers for the size of its fish.’
    • ‘A champagne that was clearly well connected to royalty would be especially prized.’
    • ‘Memories are to be prized but not relied upon for they are always undermined by the imagination.’
    value, place a high value on, set a high value on, set great store by, rate highly, attach great importance to, esteem, hold in high regard, think highly of, treasure, cherish, hold dear, appreciate greatly
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Phrases

    no prizes for guessing
    • Used to convey that something is obvious.

      • ‘no prizes for guessing what you two have been up to!’

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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verb

variant spelling of prise