Prey meaning

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Prey is a person or animal that falls victim to another or an animal that lives off of other animals.

An example of prey is a deer being hunted by a man.

An example of prey is an owl catching and killing a rabbit for food.

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To victimize or make a profit at someone else's expense.

Swindlers who prey upon the weak.

verb
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To hunt, catch, or eat as prey.

Owls prey on mice.

verb
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To plunder or pillage.

Vikings preying on coastal settlements.

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Prey is defined as to catch, kill, eat or victimize.

An example of prey is someone being conned out of large amounts of money.

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A person or thing that falls victim to someone or something.
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An animal hunted or killed for food by another animal.
noun
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To plunder; rob.
verb
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To hunt or kill other animals for food.
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To make profit from a victim as by swindling.
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(archaic) Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
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To exert a baneful or injurious effect.

Remorse preyed on his mind.

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(archaic) Plunder; booty.
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The mode of living by preying on other animals.

A bird of prey.

noun
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To have a wearing or harmful influence; weigh heavily.
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That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
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A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.

The rabbit was eaten by the coyote, so the rabbit is the coyote's prey.

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(with on) To devour.
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The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
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(with on) To victimize, hunt, attack or plunder.
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(with on) To exert harmful influence.
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The victim of a disease.
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Origin of prey

  • Middle English preie from Old French from Latin praeda booty, prey ghend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French preie, one of the variants of proie, from Latin praeda. Compare predator.

    From Wiktionary