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Definitions of prey

  1. a person who is the victim of ridicule or exploitation by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. animal hunted or caught for food Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. The act of devouring other creatures; ravage. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Any animal seized by another for food; plunder; a victim. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To take booty; to devour an animal as food; to exert a destructive influence: with on or upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Preyed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Preying. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  14. Booty: plunder: that which is or may be seized to be devoured. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To plunder: to seize and devour: to waste or impair gradually: to weigh heavily (followed by on or upon). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Spoil; plunder; creature seized to be devoured. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To plunder; seize and devour; feed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To seize food, as a bird or beast, by violence; plunder; make a victim; wear or waste; followed by on or upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Any animal seized by another for food; a victim; booty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Spoil; plunder; that which is or may be seized by violence in order to be devoured. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. To plunder; to seize and devour; to waste gradually; to cause to pine away. Beast of prey, a carnivorous animal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. That which is or may be seized to be eaten, as by a wild beast; spoil; booty; plunder; ravage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. To rob or pillage; to seize and devour; to rest heavily on, as the mind; to waste gradually; to corrode. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. pr[=a], n. that which is taken by robbery or force: booty: plunder: that which is or may be seized to be devoured: a victim: depredation: (Shak.) the act of seizing.--v.i. to take plunder: to seize and devour: to waste or impair gradually: to weigh heavily (on or upon), as the mind.--adj. PREY'FUL (Shak.), having a disposition to prey on others.--BEAST OF PREY, one who devours other animals. [O. Fr. praie (Fr. proie)--L. præda, booty.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. Animal hunted or killed by carnivorous animal for food (also fig.); (bibl.) what one brings away safe from contest &c. (Jer. xxi. 9); person, thing, that falls a victim (to enemy, disease, fear, &c.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. P. upon, seek, take, (animal &c.) as prey, plunder (persons); (of disease, emotion, &c.) exert baneful or wasteful influence upon. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. n. [French, Latin] Any thing taken by force in war; spoil; plunder; booty;-ravage; depredation ; pillage ;-that which is seized or maybe seized by violence to be devoured; ravin. Cabinet Dictionary

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