Prize

Definition of Prize

Pronunciation: prīz
n.1.
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.(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.
I'll never wrestle for prize more.
- Shak.
I fought and conquered, yet have lost the prize.
- Dryden.
3.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.
5.A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.
Prize court
a court having jurisdiction of all captures made in war on the high seas.
Prize fight
an exhibition contest, esp. one of pugilists, for a stake or wager.
- Bouvier.
Prize fighter
one who fights publicly for a reward; - applied esp. to a professional boxer or pugilist.
Prize fighting
fighting, especially boxing, in public for a reward or wager.
- Pope.
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.
v. t.1.To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry.
1.
[imp. & p. p. Prized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prizing.]
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 prized your person, but your crown disdain.
- Dryden.
n.1.Estimation; valuation.

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