Definition of predator
1 : one that preys, destroys, or devours
2 : an animal that lives by predation
Examples of predator in a Sentence
predators like bears and wolves
The population of rabbits is controlled by natural predators.
a corporate predator acquiring business rivals
Recent Examples of predator from the Web
In the Bering Sea, near the edge the continental shelf, fishermen are trying to escape a predator that seems to outwit them at every turn, stripping their fishing lines and lurking behind their vessels.
Better to harness the natural predators on offer: ladybugs, for instance, which love aphids.
The group included some of the most deadly predators on the planet.
Biodynamic farms often use apple cider vinegar, tobacco sprays, companion planting (Bamford grows passionfruit to keep bugs at bay), or the introduction of predator bugs to keep away pests.
Laviolette said his Predators are honest with each other, especially coming off a loss.
The title of writer-director Trey Edward Shults' second feature suggests a full-on horror movie with a conventional predator making life difficult and death likely for the human characters.
Here, the world’s top blue-water hunters, Melani among them, dive for prized pelagics, such as tuna, marlin, wahoo, and other deep-water predators.
Diving behavior of elephant seals: implications for predator avoidance.
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First Known Use of predator
PREDATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predator for English Language Learners
: an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals : an animal that preys on other animals
: a person who looks for other people in order to use, control, or harm them in some way
PREDATOR Defined for Kids
Definition of predator for Students
: an animal that lives mostly by killing and eating other animals
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