prised; prises; prising

To prise is to extract or move something using force, the way you'd prise your stolen diary out of your snooping sibling's hands.

The verb prise is good for when you use an effortful physical force. If you're struggling to open an old window that's painted shut, you may need a screwdriver to prise it open. Don't mistake prise for its homonym prize, which as a verb means "to cherish or appreciate." The two words do share a root, the Latin prendere, "to grasp, seize, or catch."

Definitions of prise
  1. verb
    move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
    synonyms: jimmy, lever, prize, pry
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    type of:
    open, open up
    cause to open or to become open
  2. verb
    make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry
    synonyms: pry
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    extort, wring from
    get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
  3. verb
    regard highly; think much of
    synonyms: esteem, prize, respect, value
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    disesteem, disrespect
    have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
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    think the world of
    esteem very highly
    fear, revere, reverence, venerate
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
    admire, look up to
    feel admiration for
    enshrine, saint
    hold sacred
    show devotion to (a deity)
    feel envious towards; admire enviously
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    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
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