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prize    : [pr'ɑɪz]
Prize \Prize\, v. t.
To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry. [Written
also {prise}.]
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Prize \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}. ]
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1. To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to
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A goodly price that I was prized at. --Zech. xi.
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I prize it [life] not a straw, but for mine honor.
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2. To value highly; to estimate to be of great worth; to
esteem. "[I] do love, prize, honor you. " --Shak.
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I prized your person, but your crown disdain.
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Prize \Prize\ (pr[imac]z), 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 also {Price}.]
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1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a
thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
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I will depart my pris, or my prey, by deliberation.
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His own prize,
Whom formerly he had in battle won. --Spenser.
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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, effort.
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I'll never wrestle for prize more. --Shak.
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I fought and conquered, yet have lost the prize.
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(c) That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
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3. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or
in prospect.
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I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus. --Phil. iii.
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4. A contest for a reward; competition. [Obs.] --Shak.
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5. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever. [Written also
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{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.
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Prize \Prize\, n. [F. prix price. See 3d {Prize}. ]
Estimation; valuation. [Obs.] --Shak.
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adj 1: of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize
carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [synonym:
{choice}, {prime(a)}, {prize}, {quality}, {select}]
n 1: something given for victory or superiority in a contest or
competition or for winning a lottery; "the prize was a free
trip to Europe" [synonym: {prize}, {award}]
2: goods or money obtained illegally [synonym: {loot}, {booty},
{pillage}, {plunder}, {prize}, {swag}, {dirty money}]
3: something given as a token of victory [synonym: {trophy},
v 1: hold dear; "I prize these old photographs" [synonym: {prize},
{value}, {treasure}, {appreciate}]
2: 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" [synonym: {pry}, {prise},
{prize}, {lever}, {jimmy}]
3: regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We
prize his creativity" [synonym: {respect}, {esteem}, {value},
{prize}, {prise}] [ant: {disesteem}, {disrespect}]

286 Moby Thesaurus words for "prize":
Academy Award, Nobel Prize, Oscar, accolade, accord respect to,
admire, adore, aim, ambition, apotheosize, appraise, appreciate,
apprize, arch, ascribe importance to, assay, assess, award, bar,
barrow, beam, best, blackmail, boast, booby prize, boodle, boom,
booty, boundary stone, brass, bust, cairn, calculate, calibrate,
caliper, call, cant hook, carrot, catch, cenotaph, champion,
check a parameter, cherish, choice, chosen, class, claw bar,
column, compute, consolation prize, crank, cream, cromlech, cross,
crow, crowbar, cup, cyclolith, dearest wish, dearly love, defer to,
deify, desideration, desideratum, desire, dial, diamond, divide,
dividend, dolmen, elect, elite, entertain respect for, esteem,
estimate, evaluate, exalt, excellent, fair-trade, fat, fathom,
favor, figure, find, first prize, first-rate, flower, footstone,
for the best, forbidden fruit, form an estimate, fulcrumage, gain,
gauge, gem, get a foothold, get leverage, give an appreciation,
glimmering goal, goal, godsend, golden vision, good thing,
graduate, graft, grave, gravestone, greatest, guerdon, guess,
handpicked, handspike, haul, headstone, hero-worship, hoarstone,
hold dear, hold in esteem, hold in reverence, honor, hope,
hot goods, idolize, inscription, iron crow, jackpot, jewel, jimmy,
lever, leverage, limb, lodestone, look up to, loot,
love to distraction, magnet, make an estimation, make much of,
mark, marker, marlinespike, matchless, mausoleum, measure, meed,
megalith, memento, memorial, memorial arch, memorial column,
memorial statue, memorial stone, menhir, mensurate, mete, meter,
monolith, monument, mound, necrology, nonesuch, nonpareil, obelisk,
obituary, optimal, optimum, outrigger, outstanding, pace, paragon,
paramount, pearl, peavey, pedal, peerless, perks, perquisite, pick,
picked, pickings, pillar, pinch bar, plaque, plum, plumb, plunder,
pork barrel, premium, price, pride, pride and joy, prime, probe,
pry, public till, public trough, purse, pyramid, quantify,
quantize, queen, quintessence, quintessential, quote a price, rank,
rate, rate highly, receipts, reckon, regard, reliquary,
remembrance, respect, revere, reverence, reward, ribbon,
ripping bar, rostral column, second prize, select, set store by,
shaft, shrine, size, size up, sound, span, spar, spoil, spoils,
spoils of office, squeeze, stakes, stealings, stela, step,
stolen goods, stone, stupa, superior, superlative, supreme,
surpassing, survey, swag, sweepstakes, tablet, take,
take a reading, temptation, testimonial, the best, the best ever,
the tops, the very best, think highly of, think much of,
think well of, till, tomb, tombstone, top, tope, treadle, treasure,
triangulate, trophy, trouvaille, unmatchable, unmatched,
unparalleled, unsurpassed, valorize, valuate, value, venerate,
very best, wedge, weigh, windfall, winner, winnings, wish, worship,
wrecking bar

PRIZE, contracts. A reward which is offered to one of several persons who
shall accomplish a certain condition; as, if an editor should offer a silver
cup to the individual who shall write the best essay in favor of peace.
2. In this case there is a contract subsisting between the editor and
each person who may write such essay that he will pay the prize to the
writer of the best essay. Wolff, Dr. de la Nat. Sec. 675.
3. By prize is also meant a thing which is won by putting into a

PRIZE, mar. law, war. The apprehension and detention at sea, of a ship or
other vessel, by authority of a belligerent power, either with the design of
appropriating it, with the goods and effects it contains, or with that of
becoming master of the whole or a part of its cargo. 1 Rob. Adm. R. 228. The
vessel or goods thus taken are also called a prize. Goods taken on land from
a public enemy, are called booty, (q.v.) and the distinction between a prize
and booty consists in this, that the former is taken at sea and the latter
on laud.
2. In order to vest the title of the prize in the captors, it must be
brought with due care into some convenient port for adjudication by a
competent court. The condemnation must be pronounced by a prize court of the
government of the captor sitting in the country of the captor, or his ally;
the prize court of an ally cannot condemn. Strictly speaking, as between the
belligerent parties the title passes, and is vested when the capture is
complete; and that was formerly held to be complete and perfect when the
battle was over, and the spes recuperandi was gone. 1 Kent, Com. 100; Abbott
on Ship. Index, h.t.; 13 Vin. Ab. 51; 8 Com. Dig. 885; 2 Bro. Civ. Law, 444;
Harr. Dig. Ship. and Shipping, X; Merl. Repert. h.t.; Bouv. Inst. Index.
h.t. Vide Infra praesidia.

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