prize ( prizes plural & 3rd person present) ( prizing present participle) ( prized past tense & past participle )
The spelling prise is also used in British English for meanings 5 and 6.
1 n-count A prize is money or something valuable that is given to someone who has the best results in a competition or game, or as a reward for doing good work.
You must claim your prize by telephoning our claims line..., He won first prize at the Leeds Piano Competition..., They were going all out for the prize-money, £6,500 for the winning team.
2 adj You use prize to describe things that are of such good quality that they win prizes or deserve to win prizes.
...a prize bull., ...prize blooms.
3 n-count You can refer to someone or something as a prize when people consider them to be of great value or importance.
With no lands of his own, he was no great matrimonial prize.
4 verb Something that is prized is wanted and admired because it is considered to be very valuable or very good quality.
Military figures, made out of lead are prized by collectors... be V-ed
One of the gallery's most prized possessions is the portrait of Ginevra da Vinci. V-ed
5 verb If you prize something open or prize it away from a surface, you force it to open or force it to come away from the surface.
He tried to prize the dog's mouth open... V n with adj
I prised off the metal rim surrounding one of the dials... V n with adv
He held on tight but she prised it from his fingers. V n out of/from n
in AM, usually use pry
6 verb If you prize something such as information out of someone, you persuade them to tell you although they may be very unwilling to. (mainly BRIT) Alison and I had to prize conversation out of him. V n out of n, Also V n with out in AM, usually use pry
booby prize ( booby prizes plural ) The booby prize is a prize given as a joke to the person who comes last in a competition. n-count
consolation prize ( consolation prizes plural )
1 n-count A consolation prize is a small prize which is given to a person who fails to win a competition.
2 n-count A consolation prize is something that is arranged for or is given to a person to make them feel happier when they have failed to achieve something better.
Her appointment was seen as a consolation prize after she lost the election.
Nobel Prize ( Nobel Prizes plural ) A Nobel Prize is one of a set of prizes that are awarded each year to people who have done important work in science, literature, or economics, or for world peace. n-count oft N for n
...the Nobel Prize for literature.
prize fight ( prize fights plural ) , prizefight A prize fight is a boxing match where the boxers are paid to fight, especially one that is not official. n-count
prize fighter ( prize fighters plural ) , prizefighter A prize fighter is a boxer who fights to win money. n-count
prize-giving ( prize-givings plural ) , prizegiving A prize-giving is a ceremony where prizes are awarded to people who have produced a very high standard of work.
Neil had been at a prize giving ceremony at a school in Birmingham., ...a prize-giving for cattle-breeding.
star prize ( star prizes plural ) The star prize in a competition is the most valuable prize. n-count