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Definitions of prey

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To plunder; seize and devour; feed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. 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.
  6. prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her insecurity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. The act of devouring other creatures; ravage. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Any animal seized by another for food; plunder; a victim. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Booty: plunder: that which is or may be seized to be devoured. 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. Any animal seized by another for food; a victim; booty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. 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.
  19. Preyed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for prey

  1. Once I thought I could see a man in it, but it was a fancy; or perhaps the soul of the thing, watching from its hiding- place for a prey which it might seize upon. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  2. For a moment it seemed to her that he was right, that it were better never to be the prey of any deep emotion. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
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