AskDefine | Define prize

Dictionary Definition

prize adj : of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [syn: choice, prime(a), quality, select]


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" [syn: award]
2 goods or money obtained illegally [syn: loot, booty, pillage, plunder, swag, dirty money]
3 something given as a token of victory [syn: trophy]


1 hold dear; "I prize these old photographs" [syn: 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" [syn: pry, prise, lever, jimmy]
3 regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity" [syn: respect, esteem, value, prise] [ant: disrespect, disrespect]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
  2. In the context of "military|nautical": 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.
  3. An honour or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of, effort.
  4. That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
  5. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.
  6. A contest for a reward; competition.
  7. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.

Usage notes

Do not confuse with price.


something captured
anything captured using the rights of war
  • Dutch: buit
honor or reward striven for in a competitive contest
  • Arabic:
  • Catalan: premi
  • Chinese: 奖品 (jiǎngpǐn)
  • Dutch: prijs, beloning, premie
  • Finnish: palkinto
  • French: prix
  • German: Preis
  • Hungarian: díj
  • Italian: premio
  • Japanese: (しょう, shō)
  • Korean: (sang)
  • Portuguese: prêmio (Brazil), prémio (Portugal)
  • Russian: премия
  • Spanish: premio
  • Swedish: pris
that which may be won by chance
  • Catalan: premi
  • Dutch: prijs
  • French: prix
  • German: Preis
  • Italian: premio
  • Portuguese: prêmio
  • Spanish: premio
  • Swedish: pris
anything worth striving for
  • Dutch: prijs
  • Dutch: hendel

See also


  1. To consider something highly valuable.
  2. To move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry.


consider something highly valuable
  • Dutch: prijzen, schatten
  • Spanish: apreciar
move with a lever; to force up or open; to pry
  • Dutch: wrikken, openwrikken

Extensive Definition

A prize is an award given to a person or a group of people to recognise and reward actions or achievements. Official prizes often involve monetary rewards as well as the fame that comes with them. Some prizes are also associated with extravagant awarding ceremonies, such as the Oscars.
Prizes are given for a number of reasons: to highlight noteworthy or exemplary behaviour, and to provide incentives in competitions, etc. In general, prizes are regarded in a positive light, and their winners are admired. However, many prizes, especially the more famous ones, have often caused controversy and jealousy.
Specific types of prizes include:
  • First prize, second prize, third prize etc.
  • Consolation prize: an award given to those who do not win an event but are deserving of recognition. (See also: parting gift)
  • Booby prize: typically awarded as a joke or insult to whoever finished last. See wooden spoon (award).
  • Purchase prize or acquisition prize: a monetary prize given in an art competition in exchange for the winning work.

See also

prize in Spanish: Premio
prize in Esperanto: Premio
prize in Croatian: Odlikovanja
prize in Dutch: Prijs (winnen)
prize in Polish: Nagroda
prize in Simple English: Prize

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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