AskDefine | Define prise

Dictionary Definition

prise

Verb

1 to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock", "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail" [syn: pry, prize, lever, jimmy]
2 make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him" [syn: pry]
3 regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity" [syn: respect, esteem, value, prize] [ant: disrespect, disrespect]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. An enterprise.
  2. Variant of prize.

See also

Verb

  1. To force (open) with a lever; to pry.
    1919: I think he must have been trying to prise open that box yonder when he was attacked. — Sax Rohmer, The Quest of the Sacred Slipper
    c. 1925: Come, force the gates with crowbars, prise them apart! — Jack Lindsay, translation of Lysistrata
    2004: Most people used pliers, scissors, rubber gloves and knives to try to prise open products. — BBC News

Translations

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • /prizə/, /pris/

Etymology

From prise.

Noun

  1. electrical plug.

French

Pronunciation

  • /pʁiz/, /pRiz/

Noun

prise
  1. (feminine of pris, past participle of prendre) Capture, catch, hold.
  2. (Electrical) plug.

Derived terms

Verb

prise
  1. First and third person singular indicative present of priser.
  2. First and third person singular subjunctive present of priser.
  3. Second person singular imperative of priser.
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