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.

Primary Meanings of prize

something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
of superior grade
hold dear
to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
Full Definitions of prize

n something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

“the prize was a free trip to Europe”
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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

n something given as a token of victory

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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

n goods or money obtained illegally

booty, dirty money, loot, pillage, plunder, swag
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stolen property
property that has been stolen

adj of superior grade

prize carnations”
choice, prime, quality, select
of high or superior quality or performance

v hold dear

“I prize these old photographs”
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

v regard highly; think much of

“We prize his creativity”
esteem, prise, respect, value
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

v to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open

jimmy, lever, prise, pry
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open, open up
cause to open or to become open

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