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Definition of pride noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    pride

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//praɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪd//
     
    Groups of animals, Proud
     
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    pleasure/satisfaction
  1. 1  [uncountable, singular] a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction that you get when you or people who are connected with you have done something well or own something that other people admire The sight of her son graduating filled her with pride. He felt a glow of pride as people stopped to admire his garden. pride (in something) I take (a) pride in my work. pride (in doing something) We take great pride in offering the best service in town. I looked with pride at what I had achieved. Success in sport is a source of national pride. Synonymssatisfactionhappiness pride contentment fulfilmentThese are all words for the good feeling that you have when you are happy or when you have achieved something.satisfaction the good feeling that you have when you have achieved something or when something that you wanted to happen does happen:He derived great satisfaction from knowing that his son was happy.happiness the good feeling that you have when you are happy:Money can’t buy you happiness.pride a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction that you get when you or people who are connected with you have done something well or own something that other people admire:The sight of her son graduating filled her with pride.contentment (rather formal) a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you have:They found contentment in living a simple life.fulfilment a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you do or have done:her search for personal fulfilmentsatisfaction, happiness, contentment or fulfilment? You can feel satisfaction at achieving almost anything, small or large; you feel fulfilment when you do something useful and enjoyable with your life. Happiness is the feeling you have when things give you pleasure and can be quite a lively feeling; contentment is a quieter feeling that you get when you have learned to find pleasure in things.Patterns satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment/​fulfilment in something real satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment/​fulfilment true satisfaction/​happiness/​contentment/​fulfilment great satisfaction/​happiness/​pride quiet satisfaction/​pride/​contentment to feel satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment to bring somebody satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment/​fulfilment to find satisfaction/​happiness/​contentment/​fulfilment See related entries: Proud
  2. 2[singular] the pride of something a person or thing that gives people a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction The new sports stadium is the pride of the town.
  3. respect for yourself
  4. 3  [uncountable] the feeling of respect that you have for yourself Pride would not allow him to accept the money. Her pride was hurt. Losing his job was a real blow to his pride. It's time to swallow your pride (= hide your feelings of pride) and ask for your job back. See related entries: Proud
  5. 4  [uncountable] (disapproving) the feeling that you are better or more important than other people Male pride forced him to suffer in silence. see also proud See related entries: Proud
  6. lions
  7. 5[countable + singular or plural verb] a group of lions See related entries: Groups of animals
  8. Word Origin late Old English prȳde ‘excessive self-esteem’, variant of prȳtu, prȳte, from prūd ‘having a high opinion of one's own worth’, from Old French prud ‘valiant’, based on Latin prodesse ‘be of value’.Extra examples Businesses rushed to include images of patriotic pride in their marketing. He smiled with fatherly pride. He swelled with pride as he held the trophy. He was nursing his hurt pride. His masculine pride would not let him admit that a girl had defeated him. I didn’t mean to hurt your pride. I don’t want your money—I have my pride, you know! I wear my policeman’s uniform with pride. It is a matter of pride for him that he has never accepted money from his family. It was foolish pride that prevented me from believing her. It would be stupid to refuse through pride. She expressed pride in her child’s achievement. She refused his offer tactfully, allowing him to go away with his pride intact. She refused their help out of pride. She swallowed her pride and called him. She takes great pride in her work. She took justifiable pride in her son’s achievements. Their reputation for fairness is a matter for pride. They have a fierce pride in their traditions. They have a strong sense of pride in their work. They managed to salvage some pride with a late goal. We want to restore pride in our public services. the politics of racial pride and Black Power He loves that boat, it’s his pride and joy. His pride would not allow him to admit she was right. I take (a) pride in my work. I’m sorry if I hurt your pride. It’s time to swallow your pride and ask for help. She was conceited, haughty and full of pride and arrogance. What’s wrong—did I hurt your macho pride? You’re going to have to swallow your pride and ask for your job back.Idioms
    somebody’s pride and joy
     
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    a person or thing that causes somebody to feel great pleasure or satisfaction The car is her pride and joy.
    pride comes/goes before a fall
     
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    (saying) if you have too high an opinion of yourself or your abilities, something will happen to make you look stupid
    the position in which something is most easily seen, that is given to the most important thing in a particular group The photo was given pride of place on the mantelpiece.
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