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prey

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noun \ˈprā\

Definition of prey

plural

prey

also

preys

  1. 1 archaic :  spoil, booty

  2. 2 a :  an animal taken by a predator as food b :  one that is helpless or unable to resist attack :  victim <was prey to his own appetites>

  3. 3 :  the act or habit of preying

Examples of prey in a sentence

  1. The lion stalked its prey.

  2. The bird circled above looking for prey.

  3. The seals are easy prey for sharks.

  4. Too often elderly people are easy prey for swindlers and other criminals.

Origin and Etymology of prey

Middle English preie, from Anglo-French, from Latin praeda; akin to Latin prehendere to grasp, seize — more at get


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Zoology Terms


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prey

verb

Definition of prey

preyed

preying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make raids for the sake of booty

  3. 2 a :  to seize and devour prey b :  to commit violence or robbery or fraud

  4. 3 :  to have an injurious, destructive, or wasting effect <worry preyed upon his mind>

preyer

noun

Origin and Etymology of prey

Middle English, from Anglo-French preier, from Latin praedari, from praeda


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Zoology Terms



PREY Defined for English Language Learners

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prey

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noun \ˈprā\

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

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prey

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noun \ˈprā\

Definition of prey for Students

  1. 1 :  an animal that is hunted or killed by another animal for food

  2. 2 :  a person that is helpless and unable to escape attack :  victim


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prey

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verb

Definition of prey for Students

preyed

preying

  1. 1 :  to hunt and kill for food <The dogs survived by preying on small game.>

  2. 2 :  to have a harmful effect <Fears prey on my mind.>



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