• That which is taken from another; something captured; a thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
  • Anything captured by a belligerent using the rights of war; especially, property captured at sea in virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel.
  • An honour or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of, effort.
  • That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
  • Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or in prospect.
  • A contest for a reward; competition.
  • A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever.


  • To consider highly valuable; to esteem.
  • To set or estimate the value of; to appraise; to price; to rate.
  • To move with a lever; to force up or open; to prise or pry.
  • To compete in a prizefight.



  • From Middle English prise, from Old French prise ("a taking, capture, a seizure, a thing seized, a prize, booty, also hold, purchase"), past participle of prendre, from Latin prendere ("to take, seize"); see prehend. Compare prison, apprise, comprise, enterprise, purprise, reprisal, surprise, etc.
  • From Middle English prysen, borrowed from Old French priser ("to set a price or value on, esteem, value"), from pris, from Latin pretium ("price, value"), whence price; see also praise, a doublet. Compare appraise, apprize.
  • Alternative forms.

Modern English dictionary

Explore and search massive catalog of over 900,000 word meanings.

Word of the Day

Get a curated memorable word every day.

Challenge yourself

Level up your vocabulary by setting personal goals.

And much more

Try out Vedaist now.