Word of the Day: Prize

/prīz/ noun: 1. something that can be won in a competition, race, lottery, etc. “Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.” Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 – 1873 2. a reward given as a symbol of victory or superiority “No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before.” Stephen Hawking, 1942 – adjective: 3. supremely excellent or outstanding for its kind “Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.” Orson Scott Card, 1951 – transitive verb: 4. value highly “Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.” Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1855