Examples of prey in a Sentence
The lion stalked its prey.
The bird circled above looking for prey.
The seals are easy prey for sharks.
Too often elderly people are easy prey for swindlers and other criminals.
Definition of prey
1 : to make raids for the sake of booty
2a : to seize and devour preyb : to commit violence or robbery or fraud
3 : to have an injurious, destructive, or wasting effect worry preyed upon his mind
Origin and Etymology of prey
Middle English, from Anglo-French preier, from Latin praedari, from praeda
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PREY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prey for English Language Learners
: an animal that is hunted or killed by another animal for food
: someone who is easily harmed or affected in a bad way by someone or something
PREY Defined for Kids
Definition of prey for Students
1 : to hunt and kill for food The dogs survived by preying on small game.
2 : to have a harmful effect Fears prey on my mind.
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