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prize

noun [C] uk   us   /praɪz/
A2 something valuable, such as an amount of money, that is given to someone who succeeds in a competition or game or that is given to someone as a reward for doing very good work: The critics' prize for best film was won by Marc Abbott for "Belly Laugh". I won a prize in the raffle. The first (= main) prize is a weekend for two in Bruges. The prize money for literary competitions can be as high as £40,000. something important and valuable that is difficult to achieve or get: The prize would be her hand in marriage.
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prize

verb uk   us   /praɪz/

prize verb (REWARD)

[T often passive] to think that someone or something is very valuable or important: In parts of Asia this plant is prized for its medicinal qualities. I prize that intimacy above everything.

prize verb (LIFT)

[T + adv/prep] (UK also prise) to use force to lift something off something else, for example by pressing a tool against a fixed point; to separate things using force: I prized the lid off with a spoon. The window had been prized open with a jemmy. She couldn't prize his fingers apart to get the key.
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prize

adjective [before noun] uk   us   /praɪz/
A prize animal, flower, or vegetable is one that has won or deserves to win a prize in a competition because it is of very good quality: a prize bull a prize marrow used to describe something that is a very good or important example of its type: prize assets Some prize idiot (= extremely foolish person) forgot to lock the door.
Translations of “prize”
in Arabic جائِزة…
in Korean 상…
in Malaysian hadiah…
in French prix, primé…
in Turkish ödül, mükâfat…
in Italian premio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 獎, 獎賞, 獎金…
in Russian приз, премия, награда…
in Polish nagroda, wygrana…
in Vietnamese giải thưởng, phần thưởng…
in Spanish premio…
in Portuguese prêmio…
in Thai รางวัล…
in German der Lohn, der Preis, Preis-……
in Catalan premi…
in Japanese 賞, 賞金, 賞品…
in Indonesian hadiah…
in Chinese (Simplified) 奖, 奖赏, 奖金…
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