A prize is the reward or recognition a winner gets. When you win first prize in your state spelling bee, you might get a medal and a trip to the national competition in Washington, DC.

Many prizes are given for hard work, athletic skill, or superior intellect, but it's also possible to win a prize from sheer good luck. The prize for a winning lottery ticket, for example, might be a million dollars. If your dog comes in first at an obedience competition, you can call her your "prize pup." And if you adore and value that dog more than anything else, you can say you prize her.

Definitions of prize
  1. noun
    something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
    “the prize was a free trip to Europe”
    synonyms: award
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    financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit
    money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research
    an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation
    door prize
    tickets are passed out at the entrance to a dance or party or other social function and a prize is awarded to the holder of the winning ticket
    any outstanding award
    prize money
    any money given as a prize
    a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement to purchase products, enter competitions initiated by business interests, etc.
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    something acquired without compensation
  2. noun
    something given as a token of victory
    synonyms: trophy
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    apple of discord
    (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
    booby prize
    a prize given to one who finishes last in a contest
    bronze medal
    a trophy made of bronze (or having the appearance of bronze) that is usually awarded for winning third place in a competition
    cup, loving cup
    a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
    gold medal
    a trophy made of gold (or having the appearance of gold) that is usually awarded for winning first place in a competition
    silver, silver medal
    a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
    Davis Cup
    cup awarded for the annual international team tennis competition
    wooden spoon
    a booby prize consisting of a spoon made of wood
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    accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
  3. noun
    goods or money obtained illegally
    synonyms: booty, dirty money, loot, pillage, plunder, swag
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    stolen property
    property that has been stolen
  4. adjective
    of superior grade
    prize carnations”
    synonyms: choice, prime, quality, select
    of high or superior quality or performance
  5. verb
    hold dear
    “I prize these old photographs”
    synonyms: appreciate, treasure, value
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    do justice
    show due and full appreciation
    recognise, recognize
    show approval or appreciation of
    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    place in the church calendar as a red-letter day honoring a saint
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    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  6. verb
    regard highly; think much of
    “We prize his creativity”
    synonyms: esteem, prise, 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
  7. verb
    to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
    synonyms: jimmy, lever, prise, pry
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    open, open up
    cause to open or to become open
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