English

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

     

    prize

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//praɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prize
    BrE BrE//praɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪz//
     
    he / she / it prizes
    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪzɪz//
     
    past simple prized
    BrE BrE//praɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪzd//
     
    past participle prized
    BrE BrE//praɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪzd//
     
    -ing form prizing
    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪzɪŋ//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1[usually passive] to value something highly synonym treasure prize something an era when honesty was prized above all other virtues prize something for something Oil of cedarwood is highly prized for its use in perfumery.
  2. 2(North American English) = prise
  3. Word Origin Middle English: the noun, a variant of price; the verb (originally in the sense ‘estimate the value of’) from Old French pris-, stem of preisier ‘to praise, appraise’, from late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium ‘price’.Extra examples The berries are prized for their healing properties. The library is prized as the finest of its kind in England. a precious thing to be prized above all else two fruits that are much prized in Madeira two fruits that are much prized on the island Oil of cedarwood is highly prized for its use in medicine and perfumery.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prize