Definition of prise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prise

 verb
(especially British English)(US English prize)verb
BrE BrE//praɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//praɪz//
 
(also pry especially in North American English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prise
BrE BrE//praɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//praɪz//
 
he / she / it prises
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪzɪz//
 
past simple prised
BrE BrE//praɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//praɪzd//
 
past participle prised
BrE BrE//praɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//praɪzd//
 
-ing form prising
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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to use force to separate something from something else prise something + adv./prep. He prised her fingers from the bag and took it from her. prise something + adj. She used a knife to prise open the lid. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from dialect prise ‘lever’, from Old French prise ‘grasp, taking hold’. Compare with pry sense (2).Extra examples He prised off the lid. I gently prised her fingers loose. She tried to prise open the door. He prised her fingers from the bag. I prised my wrist free. We used a screwdriver to prise open the lid. You will need to prise the old light socket out of the wall. Phrasal Verbsprise somethingout (of somebody)

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