• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prize of superior grade "choice wines","prime beef","prize carnations","quality paper","select peaches"
    • v prize regard highly; think much of "I respect his judgement","We prize his creativity"
    • v prize 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"
    • v prize hold dear "I prize these old photographs"
    • n prize something given as a token of victory
    • n prize goods or money obtained illegally
    • n prize something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery "the prize was a free trip to Europe"
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Prehistoric Prize-Fighters Prehistoric Prize-Fighters

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died of radiation poisoning
    • Prize A contest for a reward; competition.
    • Prize A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.
    • Prize 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.
    • Prize 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.
    • Prize 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."
    • n Prize Estimation; valuation.
    • Prize 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.""His own prize ,
      Whom formerly he had in battle won."
    • Prize That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
    • v. t Prize To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry.
    • Prize To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate. "A goodly price that I was prized at.""I prize it [life] not a straw, but for mine honor."
    • Prize 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Nobel prize was first awarded in 1901
    • n prize A taking or capture, as of the property of an enemy in war.
    • n prize In hunting, the note of the horn blown at the capture or death of the game.
    • n prize That which is taken from an enemy in war; any species of goods or property seized by force as spoil or plunder; that which is taken in combat, particularly a ship with the property taken in it. The law as to prizes is regulated by the general law of nations. Prizes taken in war are condemned (that is, sentence is passed that the thing captured is lawful prize) by the proper judicature in the courts of the captors, called prize-courts.
    • n prize In early English law, a seizure or the asserted right of seizure of money or chattels by way of exaction or requisition for t he use of the crown; more specifically, a toll of that nature exacted on merchandise in a commercial town.
    • n prize That which is obtained or offered as the reward of exertion or contest: as, a prize for Latin verses.
    • n prize That which is won in a lottery, or in any similar way.
    • n prize A possession or acquisition which is prized; any gain or advantage; privilege.
    • n prize A contest for a reward; a competition.
    • prize Worthy of a prize; that has gained a prize.
    • prize Given or awarded as a prize: as, a prize cup.
    • prize To risk or venture.
    • prize To make a prize of; capture; seize.
    • prize To set or estimate the value of; rate.
    • prize To value highly; regard as of great worth; esteem.
    • prize To favor or ease (an affected limb), as a horse.
    • prize Synonyms To appraise.
    • prize Value, Esteem, etc. See appreciate.
    • n prize Estimation; valuation; appraisement.
    • n prize The hold of a lever; purchase.
    • n prize A lever.
    • prize To force or press, especially force open by means of a lever, as a door, etc.
    • n prize In tobacco manufacturing: A press operated by a lever. Compare prize-beam.
    • n prize The pressure exerted by a lever or press.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 15 billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes.
    • v.t Prize prīz to force open by means of a lever.
    • n Prize prīz that which is taken or gained by competition: anything taken from an enemy in war: :
    • adj Prize worthy of a prize: to which a prize is given
    • v.t Prize prīz to set a price on: to value: to value highly
    • n Prize valuation, estimate
    • n Prize prīz (hunting) the note of the trumpet blown at the capture of the game: a captured vessel: that which is won in a lottery: anything offered for competition: a gain: a reward
    • n Prize prīz (Shak.) a competition
    • ***


  • Henry Clay
    Henry Clay
    “Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.”
  • Joaquin Miller
    Joaquin Miller
    “All honor to him who shall win the prize. The world has cried for a thousand years. But to him who tries and fails and dies, I give great honor and glory and tears.”
  • Daphne Du Maurier
    Daphne Du Maurier
    “Happiness is not a possession to be prized. It is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Quality will be prized as a precious possession.”


Keep your eye on the prize - This means that you should keep your focus on achieving a positive end result.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prise, a seizing, hold, grasp, fr. pris, p. p. of prendre, to take, L. prendere, prehendere,; in some senses, as 2 , either from, or influenced by, F. prix, price. See Prison Prehensile, and cf. Pry, and also Price
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prisepris, taken, pa.p. prendre—L. prehendĕre, to seize.


In literature:

Two horse loads of silver was the prize for all this trouble and hard travel.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
If any one had a first prize, it ought to have been myself.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Behind the hero you concealed yourself, that he might gain for you the prize of courage!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
He entered as a competitor for the prize in races and games of every kind.
"Nero" by Jacob Abbott
When arrived the armed vessel increases your navy, and the prize supplies the country.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
He said 'a great prize,' and a king in disguise.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
Lucius not only tried, but he succeeded, and one day, before all the school and a number of visitors, the prizes were presented to him.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
If Patacake were rewarded the first prize it would be because Belvane honestly thought she was worth it.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
Then you sails away with her for a prize, eh?
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
She would be certain to win a first prize of the first class, they all thought.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
Thomas Clarkson, who had gained the prize in the preceding year, again became a candidate.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
It was in this way that the great prize which caused such excitement in Cherry Court School was started.
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
I 'm thinking that Mrs Macintyre will declare the nature of the prizes very soon.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
The lad came forward shyly to receive the prize.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
No one's to know what the prize is.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
It is to such that the first prizes should be given!
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
The Cologne Musical Society lately offered a prize for the best symphony.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
Next to going into the army he wanted to be a prize-fighter.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
What classes are you givin' prizes to?
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
She took prize after prize, until she had about a dozen valuable ships.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various

In poetry:

My brethren, sisters, and my friends
Care not to meet my sprite:
Who prized me most I did not know
Till I passed down from sight."
"Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy
Death never won a brighter prize,
Nor friends a richer treasure lost,
Another star has left our skies,
But heaven is richer at our cost.
"Written On The Death of Jane Flounders" by David John Scott
And she has thought of all the ties--
The golden ties--that bind her here;
Of all that she has learned to prize,
Of all that she has counted dear;
"The Fading Flower" by William McKendree Carleton
His brothers passed him in the race;
They climbed the hill and clutched the prize.
He did not seem to heed, his face
Was tranquil as the evening skies.
"Old David Smail" by Robert W Service
God upon His throne then to proclaim,
Him, the life-fount's mighty Lord, to name,
Worthily to prize that glorious sight,
And to wander on beneath His light.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Oh! may religion lull each sigh to rest,
Teach them a God, in mercy rob'd, to praise,
To know that ev'ry act of his is best,
And, tho' mysterious, still to prize his ways!
"Lines To The Memory Of An Amiable Youth Of Great Promise" by Sir John Carr

In news:

The grand-prize winner was Karoline Bellamy, a fifth grader at The Island School.
Nobel Prize-winner Al Roth on How Economists Should Talk to Strangers.
The Noise and Pictures team, lead by Giles McNeill, centre, won the 48-hour film festival prize in Auckland last night.
Talking with the filmmakers of 'Cold,' Banff's grand prize winner, on life, art and suffering.
Founded by Bremen students who'd won a soccer ball as a prize in a high school competition.
The club was founded by Bremen students who had won a soccer ball as a prize in a high school competition.
Hilary Mantel won the prize for her novel ' Bring Up the Bodies.'.
Writer Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize for her novel " Bring Up the Bodies," making her the first woman and only Briton to win the high-profile award twice.
The second book in Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy, ' Bring Up the Bodies,' bests favorite 'Umbrella' by Will Self to take the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
Hilary Mantel wins 2nd Booker Prize with ' Bring Up the Bodies'.
Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker prize for Bring Up the Bodies.
The second book in Hilary Mantel's trilogy about Thomas Cromwell nabs Britain's top prize - and an expected big jump in sales.
It's where the director Gus Van Sant's "Elephant," which was made for Home Box Office, won two prizes, the Palme d'Or (the top prize) and best director.
The Match Card may be out of prizes, but you can still win big by signing up for the GRAND PRIZE.
She was a bestselling author, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In science:

It is a renormalizable quantum field theory, which was already marked by the corresponding Nobel Prize in physics .
String Theory or Field Theory?
The research of EN was supported by the Horowitz foundation, and through the generosity of the Dan David Prize Scholarship 2003.
Survival probabilities in time-dependent random walks
The authors would also like to thank the NSF for support through DMR-0603369 (V.O.) and MRSEC grant DMR-0213706 (D.A.H.). V. O. is also supported by a Yale Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship.
Localization of interacting fermions at high temperature
Sloan Research Fellowship, and AJB acknowledges support of a Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Four Faint T Dwarfs from the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) Southern Stripe
Summarizing we might say that the Laporta algorithm has brought about great advantages for many applications, but it also shows its limits: The prize for the automatization of the reduction process is the need to solve a large system of linear equations.
Methods for the Reduction of Three-Loop QCD Form Factors
We show in the Appendix that the PVM integer program is equivalent to L separate prize-collecting set cover problems.
Classification by Set Cover: The Prototype Vector Machine
The prize-collecting set cover problem can be transformed to a standard set cover problem [K¨onemann et al., 2006], which is itself NP-hard, so we do not expect to find a polynomial-time algorithm to solve the general PVM problem exactly.
Classification by Set Cover: The Prototype Vector Machine
This is precisely the prize-collecting set cover problem (with unit penalty for leaving a point uncovered).
Classification by Set Cover: The Prototype Vector Machine
The second author gratefully acknowledges the support from Deligne 2004 Balzan prize in mathematics.
On the number of classes of conjugate Hall subgroups in finite simple groups
Deligne 2004 Balzan prize and an RFBR grant when developing the later final ideas of the paper and writing it up.
Mixed Artin-Tate motives with finite coefficients
Besides, the problem, solved by Perelman, is a Millennium Prize Problems only now.
Monistic conception of geometry
Lucas Jr., the Nobel prize winner of 1995, used the rationality hypothesis to narrow down the class of empirically relevant equilibria .
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
The prize of less restrictive conditions on h seem to be that the moderate deviation principle holds in a smaller scaling-interval.
Moderate deviations via cumulants
Funding from the European Research Council Starting Grant FuncMolQIP (to GA) is also acknowledged. G. A. acknowledges Generalitat de Catalunya for the prize ICREA Academia 2008.
Molecular prototypes for spin-based CNOT quantum gates
So, when we have translated ‘causality’ into something meaningful, and the model based on it put in place – the hoped-for prize is a theory in which even the background character of the universe is determined by its own basic structure.
Definability in the Real Universe