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PRIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prize mean? 

PRIZE (noun)
  The noun PRIZE has 3 senses:

1. something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
2. goods or money obtained illegally
3. something given as a token of victory

  Familiarity information: PRIZE used as a noun is uncommon.


PRIZE (adjective)
  The adjective PRIZE has 1 sense:

1. of superior grade

  Familiarity information: PRIZE used as an adjective is very rare.


PRIZE (verb)
  The verb PRIZE has 3 senses:

1. hold dear
2. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
3. regard highly; think much of

  Familiarity information: PRIZE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIZE (noun)


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Meaning:

Something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

prize; award

Context example:

the prize was a free trip to Europe

Hypernyms ("prize" is a kind of...):

gift (something acquired without compensation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prize"):

prize money (any money given as a prize)

jackpot (any outstanding award)

door prize (tickets are passed out at the entrance to a dance or party or other social function and a prize is awarded to the holder of the winning ticket)

gratuity (an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation)

fellowship (money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research)

scholarship (financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit)


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Meaning:

Goods or money obtained illegally

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

booty; dirty money; loot; pillage; plunder; swag; prize

Hypernyms ("prize" is a kind of...):

stolen property (property that has been stolen)

Meronyms (parts of "prize"):

cut (a share of the profits)


Sense 3prize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something given as a token of victory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

trophy; prize

Hypernyms ("prize" is a kind of...):

accolade; award; honor; honour; laurels (a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prize"):

apple of discord ((classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had 'for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War)

booby prize (a prize given to one who finishes last in a contest)

bronze medal (a trophy made of bronze (or having the appearance of bronze) that is usually awarded for winning third place in a competition)

cup; loving cup (a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition)

gold medal (a trophy made of gold (or having the appearance of gold) that is usually awarded for winning first place in a competition)

silver; silver medal (a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition)


PRIZE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of superior grade

Synonyms:

choice; prize; quality; select; prime

Context examples:

choice wines / prime beef / prize carnations / quality paper / select peaches

Similar:

superior (of high or superior quality or performance)


PRIZE (verb)


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Meaning:

Hold dear

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

treasure; prize; value; appreciate

Context example:

I prize these old photographs

Hypernyms (to "prize" is one way to...):

consider; reckon; regard; see; view (deem to be)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prize"):

do justice (show due and full appreciation)

recognise; recognize (show approval or appreciation of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue prize the movie


Sense 2prize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To move or force, especially in an effort to get something open

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

jimmy; lever; prise; pry; prize

Context examples:

The burglar jimmied the lock / Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail

Hypernyms (to "prize" is one way to...):

open; open up (cause to open or to become open)

"Prize" entails doing...:

loose; loosen (make loose or looser)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3prize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Regard highly; think much of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

esteem; respect; value; prize; prise

Context examples:

I respect his judgement / We prize his creativity

Hypernyms (to "prize" is one way to...):

consider; reckon; regard; see; view (deem to be)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prize"):

think the world of (esteem very highly)

fear; revere; reverence; venerate (regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of)

admire; look up to (feel admiration for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The chefs prize the vegetables


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