Prize (?), v. t. To move with a
lever; to force up or open; to pry. [Written also
Prize, n. [F. prix price. See 3d
Prize. ] Estimation; valuation. [Obs.]
Prize (prīz), n. [F. prise
a seizing, hold, grasp, fr. pris, p. p. of prendre to
take, L. prendere, prehendere; in some senses, as 2
(b), either from, or influenced by, F. prix
price. See Prison, Prehensile, and cf. Pry, and
1. That which is taken from another; something
captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior
I will depart my pris, or my prey, by
His own prize, Spenser.
Whom formerly he had in battle won.
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,
I'll never wrestle for prize more.
I fought and conquered, yet have lost the
(c) That which may be won by chance, as in a
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.
4. A contest for a reward; competition.
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. [imp. & p.
p. Prized (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Prizing.] [F. priser, OF. prisier,
preisier, fr. L. pretiare, fr. pretium worth,
value, price. See Price, and cf. Praise.] [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
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