predator

noun pred·a·tor \ ˈpre-də-tər , -ˌtȯr \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of predator

1 : one that preys, destroys, or devours
2 : an animal that lives by predation

Examples of predator in a Sentence

  1. predators like bears and wolves

  2. The population of rabbits is controlled by natural predators.

  3. a corporate predator acquiring business rivals

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First Known Use of predator

1581

predator Synonyms

Other Zoology Terms


PREDATOR Defined for English Language Learners

predator

noun

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

predator

noun pred·a·tor \ ˈpre-də-tər \

Definition of predator for Students

: an animal that lives mostly by killing and eating other animals


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