prize

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  • (old, no longer used) prise

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Noun[change]

Singular
prize

Plural
prizes

A prize
  1. (countable) A prize is something that you receive for winning or doing well.
    She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
    The film was the winner of the top prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
    Best Overall Performance, and the $300 grand prize, was awarded to Kathryn Hallberg.
    The book sold slowly despite winning third prize in this year's poetry contest.
    The top teams will receive $1,000 cash prizes.
  2. A prize horse, story, performance, etc. is very good and could win a prize.
    She caught this year's prize fish late yesterday evening.

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Plain form
prize

Third-person singular
prizes

Past tense
prized

Past participle
prized

Present participle
prizing

  1. (transitive); (usually passive) If something is prized, people feel that it is very important and often people want it.
    DuMond is a world-famous artist and his pieces are highly prized by collectors.
    The island is prized for its beautiful salt-white beaches and clear blue skies.
  2. (transitive) If you prize something off of or away from something else, you use strong force to get it to move.
    He prized the doors open, dragged the two men out, and laid them on the road.

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